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B.C. government funding forestry job training

March 24, 2017 - The province of British Columbia is setting aside nearly $750,000 to help people living in the Revelstoke and Shuswap areas find jobs in the forestry sector.

Up to 16 people will be trained and prepared for employment through this opportunity.

“This is a great opportunity for local people to gain new skills, which will help them find work in the forestry sector through hands-on experience,” said Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, in a news release.

The funding is being provided through a paid training opportunity with Okanagan College.

The training provided will include skills such as tree falling, machine work, forestry technology, and risk management, as well as practical job preparation skills.

“Forestry is an industry that brings great opportunities for people to build their careers through knowledge and hard work, and I’m excited to know the future is bright for the industry and for the participants in this project,” said Greg Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap and Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan, in the release.

B.C.’s forest industry employed nearly 60,000 people in 2016 and contributed $5.5 billion to the province’s economy in 2015.