BC invests $325K for log truck driver training
By Ellen Cools
The B.C. government announced this week that it is investing almost $325,000 in Okanagan College in Vernon, B.C., to deliver its professional truck driver training program.
The funding will allow up to eight young British Columbians to receive necessary skills training to prepare for jobs as professional logging truck drivers in the Okanagan.
Participants in the program will receive 15 weeks of employability, occupational and soft skills training, including Airbrakes and Class 1 Drivers License training, to prepare them for the Class 1 license exam, Mandatory Entry Level Training and B.C. Forest Safety Council Professional Industry Driver theory and mentorship program. They will also get nine weeks of on-the-job work experience with local employers and two weeks’ follow-up support to help with their job search.
The funding for the project comes from the Project Based Labour Market Training stream fo WorkBC’s CEP.
“Offering training that meets industry needs is a key component of Okanagan College’s mission to transform lives and communities,” said Danelle Greebe, director of continuing studies and corporate training, Okanagan College. “The CEP project will propel this work forward.”