Wednesday, December 12, 2012

VIU Training Equipment Funded $1.46 Million

MLA: Hon. John Yap
$1,460,000.00 Supports Skills Training At VIU

The government of B.C. is investing more than $1.46 million in new skills training equipment at Vancouver Island University.

The funding is part of a $17-million province wide Skills and Training Plan investment to support public post-secondary institutions to upgrade equipment and put the latest tools in the hands of B.C. students.

Equipment purchases and replacements at each institution are based upon a review and analysis of existing inventory, current and future program and industry requirements, and current government priorities to provide skills training that is aligned to the needs of the economy in each region.

Institutions also will pursue partnerships with local industries and other stakeholders to purchase or donate equipment, ensuring students continue to train on the latest equipment being used in the workplace.

The type of equipment slated for new purchase or replacement at Vancouver Island University – unless otherwise donated from industry partners – includes equipment such as a forklift, mobile crane and vehicle hoist.

“Vancouver Island University is proud of its tradition of excellence in trades and vocational training, and the vital role it plays in preparing skilled workers to support the B.C. economy. To do so, we must have the most up-to-date equipment to offer our students and instructors. This funding will go a long way towards achieving that goal, and will help to leverage additional support from our industry partners.”  VIU president Ralph Nilson commented.


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