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June 29, 2011

Premier Christy Clark was on Camosun's Interurban campus on June 27 to announce a $550K investment by the Province for marine trades training. Camosun will be a key partner in a proposed marine trades training centre, likely to be located in the greater Esquimalt shipyard area.

Premier Clark announces $550K investment in marine trades training initiative.

Premier Clark announces $550K investment in marine trades training initiative.

Camosun's President, Kathryn Laurin, expressed excitement at being involved in this training initiative, saying, "We are well known for delivering high-quality education in all areas, including skilled trades training, and for our ability to respond nimbly to our region's training needs."

According to Tom Roemer, the College's VP Strategic Development, the Premier's announcement is an important component in the revitalization of the Province's ship-building industry, with the potential to influence the economy for many years. Having served as Camosun's Dean of Trades & Technology prior to assuming his role as VP, Tom commented on how great it has been to work on this project from day one. He looks forward to training a new generation of workers as this vision becomes reality.

Premier Clark receives a quick lesson on the Water Jet Cutter from Ken McDonald, Sheet Metal program leader.

Premier Clark receives a quick lesson on the Water Jet Cutter from Ken McDonald, Sheet Metal program leader.

Tom explains that, due to the specialized and localized nature of marine trades, this training is not currently available through the BC Industry Training Authority, which is generally responsible for trades training and apprenticeships throughout the Province. As a response, the Resource Training Organization (RTO), which overseas apprenticeships in the shipbuilding industry, is working on new standards and outcomes. Camosun College will be a key partner in this development.

The announced funding, which includes $550,000 from the Province of BC, $200,000 from BC Ferries and $300,000 from Seaspan will go towards the development of programs that will be coordinated through the proposed RTO training centre. It will benefit new apprentices or seasoned workers who are switching into shipbuilding trades and supply chain management careers from other disciplines.

"Curriculum will be developed this summer and training could start in late fall, to be delivered by Camosun College, Royal Roads University and B.C. Institute of Technology," says Tom.

Last updated: June 30, 2011 3:18 pm

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