Construction Craft Worker Program Provides Opportunities at NWCC

Kitimat, BC – The first Construction Craft Worker (CCW) training program was successfully delivered at the Kitimat Valley Institute (KVI) this April in partnership with Northwest Community College (NWCC). The four-week long pilot training program, funded by the Industry Training Authority (ITA), concludes this week, when the 14 students who participated write their final exam.

The Construction Craft Worker (CCW) is BC’s 48th Red Seal trade, and tops the list of in-demand LNG occupations, with an anticipated demand of up to 11,800 Construction Trade Helpers, and Labourers by 2018. In response to this demand and in line with B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, ITA introduced the CCW Red Seal certification in September 2014.

This is the first time the CCW program has been offered in Northern BC. The success of the pilot course is thanks to a partnership between multiple organizations that helped raise awareness of the program, provided guidance regarding registration and financial supports, and shared resources which allowed students to attend classes at KVI. Instruction was provided by both NWCC and KVI.

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