NorKam Trades Centre underway

apprenticeship and skills training programs available to Kamloops high school students through Thompson Rivers University

Ministry of Education

The B.C. Ministry of Education and the Kamloops/Thompson Board of Education have signed a formal project agreement that clears the way for work to begin on the new $7.4-million trades training centre at NorKam Secondary. Now that the project agreement has been signed, the next steps include design development and seeking contract bids for the construction stage. Those contracts are expected to be awarded this summer with construction of the new centre getting underway later this year. The new trades training centre is scheduled to open in September 2014.

The new trades centre will increase the trades training capacity of the school by approximately 100 students and provide a mix of skills training in the following areas:

* Mining exploration, development and production

* Entry-level industrial skills

* Refrigeration and air conditioning

* Energy efficient building technology

* Power systems engineering

* Water treatment technology

* Agricultural and siliviculture technology

These programs will complement apprenticeship and skills training programs available to Kamloops high school students through Thompson Rivers University. Students from all 11 secondary schools in the district will be able to attend training programs offered at the centre.