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Release Date: July 14, 2015

Premier Christy Clark and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) announced funding of over $75 million to BC’s trades training providers on July 13, including Camosun College, to meet industry needs and ensure quality training in the trades.

Camosun welding and plumbing students were on hand to participate in the announcement. Carpentry apprentice and recent Skills Canada gold medal trades student James King and sheet metal student and Women in Trades grad Justine McHale spoke at the event, telling their positive experiences in choosing the trades.

"My journey into the trades world began around this time last year while I was working as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic that was closing its doors,” said Justine. "While contemplating what to do in my career, one of my co-workers suggested I do some research into women in trades as one of her friends had recently become a welder. I went home that evening and Googled "women in trades"—it was through this that I got connected with Jayna in the Women in Trades Training (WITT) program at Camosun. I met with her and she told me about the amazing women in trades training initiative, or WITT, a 12-week program designed for women to try an assortment of trades. WITT helped me discover how much I connected with and enjoyed the trades. A seat came up in the January term for the sheet metal and metal fabrication program,so I decided to join! "

"I can say with absolute certainty that I have enjoyed every day of my schooling,” said Justine. "I love the challenge and creativity involved in learning a trade, along with the feeling of working towards a promising career. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have been given and feel like I'm really doing something with my life. I aspire to be a well-rounded and skilled trades person and can't wait to see where the path I'm on leads me!”

For more on the ITA’s funding announcement visit: BC Government News.

Camosun sheet metal student Justine McHale speaking at the funding announcement. Photo courtesy BC Government.

Last updated: July 14, 2015 1:44 pm

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