The Millwright/Machinist Foundation Program marks new ground for the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Vanderhoof campus in central British Columbia.
The program is built upon similar and successful courses introduced at CNC facilities in Prince George and Quesnel. The college is responding regionally to a chronic shortage of qualified workers throughout the forest industry and most other sectors across Canada and around the western world. Remedial measures take time to implement and are measured in small steps forward like the one CNC has taken in Vanderhoof.
The full time, six-month long program which is available to qualified high school age students is the equivalent to year one in a four-year industry-approved apprenticeship program. The possibility exists to extend the foundation program to include years two and three of the apprenticeship program.
CNC in Vanderhoof held an open house to show the community what the college was offering with the new course and the facilities it has to supplement the learning experience. As a result, the BID Group—a home grown success story in international sawmill technology development and heavy construction—had a suggestion. The BID Group says it could farm out suitable, small real time projects for hands-on shop work by course students. The offer was readily accepted.