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Trades Training Unit on the Move

Trade Routes, the unique $1.5 million mobile training facility funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and managed by the Industry Training Authority (ITA), has completed its stay in New Aiyansh and is now on its way to Houston to provide welding apprenticeship training. The Unit is currently being used by Northwest Community College (NWCC) to deliver trades training to communities around the northwest. For the past two months it has been in New Aiyansh delivering electrical and plumbing apprenticeship training and is now on its way to Houston where the College will be using it for welding training. "New Aiyansh was the first community in which we utilized the unit for trades training," explains NWCC Trades Program Coordinator, Brian Badge. "It's been very well received and utilized, and enabled us to provide Level 1 Electrical and Level 1 Plumbing apprenticeship training - keeping students on their educational path to journeyperson status." The Government purchased Trade Routes to provide exploratory and apprenticeship trades training, and journeyperson upgrading to rural and Aboriginal communities in northern BC. The 53-foot-long trailer is a self-contained classroom on wheels, which can accommodate 12 students per session. The unit features welding gear, drill presses and a variety of other equipment and tools which enables hands-on learning in a variety of trades such as electrical, welding, millwright and plumbing. The Unit will be in Houston at the end of the week and will begin offering Welding apprenticeship Levels A, B, and C training from April 21st until June 27th. "The College has been trying to bring welding trades training to the Houston area for many years now," comments Dave O'Leary, Dean Trades and Technology at NWCC. "Trade Routes is enabling us to finally accomplish this." On Thursday, April 10th from 2 pm - 5 pm Trade Routes will be on display at the Skeena Mall in Terrace. The public is invited to stop by and take a first hand look at the mobile training unit. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the unit and the programs it helps deliver.

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