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College to receive gov't money for training programs

Northwest Community College (NWCC) will receive a large piece of the provincial government's $6.8 million to create foundation and apprenticeship seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions across the province.

As part of B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the college will receive funds for an additional 100 training spaces to increase access and reduce waitlists for trades critical to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other industries.

The college will receive a total of $485,000, including $387,000 for the additional seats and $98,000 in operating and equipment funding, to support delivery of training programs.

Seats will be available to students as early as September 2014 and include:

* 50 electrical foundation seats.

* 32 electrician apprenticeship seats.

* 18 heavy duty equipment mechanic foundation seats.

The allocation is part of the $6.8 million announced July 31 to create 1,424 foundation and apprenticeship seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout B.C.

Funding allocations are based on the most-recent labour market data, on consultations with institutions, the Industry Training Authority, the Province's Labour Market Priorities Board, current waitlists, and the institutions' capacity to add training seats.

B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint lays out a comprehensive action plan to re-engineer education and training so British Columbia students and workers have the skills to be first-in-line for jobs in a growing economy.

More information on B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is available at: www.workbc.ca/skills

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