Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus is accepting applications for a construction craft worker level 1 program being offered tuition-free. (Photo submitted)

Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus is accepting applications for a construction craft worker level 1 program being offered tuition-free. (Photo submitted)

Update: New dates for TRU Williams Lake construction craft worker program

Course to run Sept. 7 - Nov. 12, 2021

Update:

The dates for a Construction Craft Worker Level 1 course being offered at Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake have been changed to Sept. 7 to Nov. 12, 2021.

Original:

Once again Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake campus is offering a tuition-free trades program, this time for construction craft worker level 1.

Continuing studies community co-ordinator Alison Sutherland-Mann said the course will go from Aug. 23 to Oct. 29, 2021 and is an ITA endorsed trades training program.

“It is a bit shorter than other trades programs but will give students a well-rounded introduction for a construction labourer position,” she explained. “If you’ve never been in the field, they literally start from the ground up, doing footing and foundations.”

Students will build a small structure and achieve 10 different certificates ranging from Occupational First Aid level one, traffic control, fall protection, fire safety to confined space.

“Those certificates look great on a resume,” Sutherland-Mann said.

Classes will run Monday to Friday.

Sutherland-Mann credited Heather Hamilton from trades and training at TRU Kamloops for applying for a grant to fund the program, which in addition to providing tuition also includes personal protective equipment, some tools and books.

“They have run these in Kamloops and thought it would be good for Williams Lake,” she said.

Anyone interested in taking the program is asked to complete a continuing studies application available online and send it along with a recent resume and one written paragraph describing why they want to participate in the program to wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca.

There are 14 spots available.

“They will work on an actual project for a non-profit society in Williams Lake,” Sutherland-Mann said.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to email wlcontinuingstudies@tru.ca or call 250-392-8010 or 250-392-8177.

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