The funds will be provided over a five-year period with the intention of supporting the development of skilled workers in the north, targeting students who may not otherwise have access to post-secondary education. Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom says the investment will benefit a variety of groups within the northern region.
“Everyone benefits from a skilled workforce, and this funding to Northern Lights College Foundation is going to help families and communities in northern B.C. It will also help B.C. Hydro recruit skilled employees from the north for its current and future projects in the region.”
The College Foundation says it will use the $1 million investment to provide student bursaries, as well as focus on recruitment and retention of students. According to Hydro, 50 per cent of those bursaries will be dedicated to Aboriginal students. Applications will begin to be accepted in early 2013, with bursaries being awarded for the fall 2012 school year.
B.C. Hydro bursaries will be available for the following programs:
– Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
– Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship and Foundation
– Carpentry Apprenticeship/Residential Construction Foundation
– Commercial Transport Technician Apprenticeship
– Cook Training
– Electrician Apprenticeship and Foundation • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship
– Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Foundation
– Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic Apprenticeship and Foundation
– Millwright Apprenticeship and Foundation
– Plumber Apprenticeship and Foundation
– Practical Nursing Diploma
– Welding Apprenticeship/Levels A, B, C