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NWCC takes safety training on the road

With a new Mobile Safety Training Unit, Northwest Community College (NWCC) can now offer much needed health and safety training to remote communities in the Northwest. The Mobile Safety Training Unit is just that an on-demand, fully equipped training centre on wheels. Groups such as employers, schools and First Nations Bands in smaller, more isolated communities where courses are not regularly scheduled can now contract an instructor and the unit to come to them to teach various certifications. This increases access to training for residents of these communities as well as cuts down on travel, hotel and meal costs many students must pay while attending campus-based courses. The Mobile Safety Training Unit lets us bring training to students instead of them having to come to us, says Margo Van der Touw, NWCCs Dean of Trades, Continuing Education & Industry Training. In many cases, that means the difference between whether students actually gets the certifications they needfor potential employment, a current job or just to boost their resum‚. Courses offered with the mobile unit include Occupational First Aid Level 1, Transportation Endorsement, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Bear Awareness and Transportation of Dangerous Goods. These courses are offered and can be booked through NWCCs Continuing Education & Industry Training department at NWCC Smithers Campus. The training unit, a 2009 Dodge Sprinter Van, was purchased and equipped with grants to NWCC School of Exploration & Mining from Northern Development Initiative Trust, Western Economic Diversification, Hy-Tech Drilling Ltd., and the Smithers Exploration Group. NWCC students Willie Zorn and Rusty Webb, a pair of Terrace-based welding apprentices, overhauled the vans interior as part of their training. They designed, built and installed custom shelving to store and secure first aid equipment in the van.

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