B.C. puts $3.3 million into forestry training

The province of British Columbia will fund $3.3 million towards training and work experience in the forestry sector.

Stillwater Consulting will deliver the training on the government’s behalf in Cranbrook, Kamloops and Nanaimo, B.C. with students able to earn 11 different certifications including basic chainsaw operator, silviculture surveyor certification and occupational first aid – level 3. The program also includes a three-week job placement with local forestry employers.

“Our program gives participants knowledge, skills and certifications in different areas of forestry in just 19 weeks. Our graduates become environmental technicians, recreational trail builders, silviculture surveyors and wildland firefighters. For someone looking for opportunities after a mill closure, the program provides a great way to expand on what they know and turn that into a new career,” Stillwater Consulting project manager Aaron Byng-Hall said.

The B.C. ministry of social development and poverty reduction is providing the $3.3 million in funding through the Project Based Labour Market Training stream of the Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) program.

 

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