NIC Students Benefit from North Island Hospitals Project
The North Island Hospitals Project (NIHP) is sparking demand for the skilled trades on Vancouver Island and providing NIC students with new trades and technology careers.
“Having projects of this magnitude is a rare occurrence on the North Island and a great opportunity for students,” said NIC Carpentry Instructor, Erik Hardin. “Many of our apprentices are residential carpenters and this exposure is invaluable. Quite a few of our apprentices have found work on the hospital site.”
With two hospitals under construction in Campbell River and the Comox Valley, the demand for local, skilled tradespeople is increasing. North Island Hospitals Project Communications Officer Dan MacLennan said 594 people, including 410 tradespeople from Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland or Courtenay were employed on the project in October. This included 122 apprentices working in plumbing/mechanical, carpentry, electrical, roofing or wall and ceiling