Northwest Community College says it’s latest mobile training unit will help northwest residents get the skills they need for in-demand trades jobs.
The new mobile classroom was unveiled at the Terrace campus of NWCC today can train up to 100 trades students a year and will be ready to travel to communities across northwest BC by this fall.
The units are completely self-contained and self-sustainable, with a generator, work stations, and satellite video conferencing.
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson announced $598,000 in provincial funding toward the cost of the unit during a media event at the campus.
Wilkinson as well as industry and trades representatives spoke of the importance of being prepared for the eventual need for skilled workers once the LNG industry kicks off in B.C.
Despite the current economic woes in China’s stock market, Wilkinson remains confident that B.C. can still cash in with LNG.
While some projections say Canada is in a recession, Wilkinson says the industry is taking a long-term view on these projects.
LNG Canada is kicking in $200,000 to the cost of the unit, while pipeline firm TransCanada will provide $75,000.
The $2-million units were built by Innovative Trailer Design Industries.
Former NWCC interim President, Denis Caron, was also employed with that company, but recused himself when the issue of the mobile training units came up in order to avoid any conflict.
NWCC says it was an open bidding process, and Caron had no influence on it at all.
NWCC currently has two mobile heavy equipment operator simulator training units.
The school hopes the mobile units will make a dent into their trades training waiting lists.