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Career Centre offers pathway to trades in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Program begins Sept. 25
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The Career Centre in Parksville is pleased to offer Pathway to Trades, a program for young people aged 16 to 29.

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement, the program will prepare youth for entry level employment in the electrical and carpentry trades, according to a news release by the Career Centre.

Delivered in partnership with Vancouver Island University, this is an opportunity for hands-on trades sampling and certifications such as Occupational First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Training and more.

The fully funded program will provide eight weeks of classroom training including skills for success and two week components each for carpentry and electrical. After completing class work and certifications, youth will participate in a four-week paid work experience with a local employer who will be providing valuable mentorship and training.

“We are keen to support local training for youth in partnership with Vancouver Island University.” said Cheryl Dill, executive director at the Career Centre. “Employment in various trades is plentiful and forecasted to be in demand for many years ahead.”

The program provides a unique opportunity for young people to forge relationships, gain new skills and be supported as they work towards long term employment or further education in the electrical and carpentry trades. This entire program takes place locally in Parksville with a start date of Sept. 25.

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The Career Centre welcomes program referrals. If you know of a youth who meets the following criteria, please encourage them to register: aged 16 years old to 29 years old at the time of intake; unemployed or precariously employed; living in B.C.; not participating in another provincially or federally funded labour market program; Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person legally entitled to work in Canada.

For more information or to register for a free information session, call the Career Centre at 250.248.3205 or refer to the website

The Career Centre is an initiative of the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society (CVIJOBS), a non-profit society that provides employment and career-related services to residents of Parksville Qualicum Beach and surrounding communities. They also hold the contract to administer WorkBC Employment Services locally.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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