Trades training equipment for Thompson Rivers University

Supporting students at TRU who are entering in-demand occupations critical to the economy

Ministry of Advanced Education

KAMLOOPS – Thompson Rivers University (TRU) isreceiving $325,274 to purchase new trades training equipment as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

The new equipment will support students at TRU who are entering in-demand occupations that are critical to the economy.

Examples of equipment TRU is purchasing: a power threader for pipefitter/plumbing students; jacking and lifting equipment for heavy mechanic students; a scaffolding kit for carpentry students; a gas-fired warm air heating trainer for gas fitter students; and  two Rational ovens for culinary arts students.

Consultations with institutions, the Industry Training Authority and the most-recent labour-market data all informed funding allocation decisions.

The $325,274 in 2014-15 for trades training equipment is part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint commitment of $185 million over three years for trades training infrastructure and equipment at public post-secondary institutions. Funding for trades equipment builds on the announcement in July 2014 of 52 additional critical trades training seats for TRU and an announcement in October 2014 of 48 additional critical trades training seats for the Williams Lake campus.