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New: Accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training Program

A new accelerated Levels 3 and 4 Steamfitter/Pipefitter Technical Training program offers unique opportunity to train Level 2 Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprentices through blended learning.

The program is part of the federal Flexibility in Apprenticeship Technical Training initiative aiming to introduce innovative trades training models that facilitate apprenticeship completion.

The Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and SkillSource Group Training Organization are working together to deliver this innovative program across British Columbia and other provinces. It is designed to train up to 60 Level 2 apprentices (employed or unemployed) and work with employers to help up-skill their workforces. The program offers blended learning with combined online and classroom technical training, and if required, apprentice sponsorship supports, job readiness and placement.

The program is designed to provide more flexibility in training delivery, increase access to technical training in remote communities, reduce the ‘away from work’ time for apprentices and employers, and deliver training that works for various learning styles.

Four 15-student cohorts will be trained throughout November 2016 and March 2018. There is no waiting list for eligible apprentices.

The first program cohort will start training on:
•  Nov 7, 2016 to Jan 13, 2017 – Online
•  Jan 16, 2016 to Mar 24, 2017 – Classroom

The second program cohort will start training on:
•  Feb 27, 2017 to Apr 21, 2017 – Online
•  Apr 24, 2017 to Jun 30, 2017 – Classroom

The dates for the third and fourth cohorts will be announced in 2017.

The online instructor-led training will allow students to learn trades theory using modern technology and shape their learning experiences in the most effective way.

Once students complete the online portion of their training, they will continue their technical training at TRU, focusing on applying acquired knowledge and developing trades specific skills.

The program aims to train Level 2 apprentices in Levels 3 and 4 through blended learning to achieve their trade certification with less time away from work.

Tradespersons who have not completed Level 2 technical training, but have 2,800+ hours of work experience in the Steamfitter/Pipefitter trade may be eligible for the program.

Please contact Calli Duncan to learn more about the program:

Calli Duncan
SkillSource - FIATT Recruitment and Employer Co-ordinator
(T) 250.574.0200 (E) cduncan@skillsourcebc.ca

For more information, visit the website at www.tru.ca/trades/trades-programs/steamfitter-pipefitter/accelerated.html

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