The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) will receive $325,274 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations. UFV is using the funds to keep up with industry and curriculum requirements.
New trades training equipment includes a steam cleaner, HVAC recovery program, and drill press for heavy duty mechanic trades students; a saw for carpentry students; a power threading machine for plumbing students; and new-technology welding machines for welding students.
Government based funding for new equipment on consultations with educational institutions and the Industry Training Authority, as well as the most-recent labour-market data.
The trades training equipment funding for 2014-15 is part of a 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. It builds on the announcement in July 2014 of 194 additional critical trades training seats for UFV.
"This funding builds on the University of the Fraser Valley's capacity to produce top professionals for a variety of trades," said UFV president Mark Evered. "We're proud to help shape the future, both regionally and beyond."