Friday, January 25, 2013


BC Gov't News

Skills-Training Gets $621K Boost

Funding will pay for plasma table and engine diagnostics bench at UFV

Released by the Gov't of BC


he government of B.C. is investing $621,701 in new skills training equipment at University of the Fraser Valley.

The funding is part of a $17-million province-wide Skills and Training Plan investment to support public post-secondary institutions to upgrade equipment and put the latest tools in the hands of B.C. students.

“Under the BC Jobs Plan and our Skills and Training Plan, we’re taking action to provide education and training opportunities aligned with the needs of our economy. This provincial investment, coupled with contributions from private industry partners, will ensure students are training on the same calibre of equipment their employers will be asking them to work on after graduation,” said John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology in a release Thursday.

Equipment purchases and replacements at each institution are based upon a review and analysis of existing inventory, current and future program and industry requirements, and current government priorities to provide skills training that is aligned to the needs of the economy in each region.

“Trades are a practical way for people to make a living. This funding will help improve trades programs at University of the Fraser Valley, and will give students even more hands-on experience that they can take with them to their jobs,” said Chilliwack MLA John Les.

Institutions will also pursue partnerships with local industries and other stakeholders to purchase or donate equipment, ensuring students continue to train on the latest equipment being used in the workplace.

“This support for quality education and training is a very valuable investment in the people who will lead the development of the communities we serve,” said Mark Evered, president and vice-chancellor, University of the Fraser Valley.

The type of equipment slated for new purchase or replacement at UFV – unless otherwise donated from industry partners – includes equipment items such as a diagnostic engine bench, plasma table, flat deck trailer and a planer.

Quick Facts:

Past capital investments at UFV include:

• $10 million for expansion projects at the Canada Education Park.

• $7.5 million for the acquisition of former CFB Chilliwack land and buildings.

• $4.14 million for the renovation of a building at Canada Education Park.

• $22 million for building renovations to create the Trades and Technology Learning Centre at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack.

• $19.6 million for renovations to buildings B and C at the Abbotsford Campus.

Read more about the B.C. Skills and Training Plan at



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