A new $7.4-million skilled trades and technology centre has officially opened in Kamloops, B.C. The facility, known as the NorKam Trades and Technology Centre, will provide training workshops, lectures, hands-on learning opportunities and access to specialized equipment for secondary school students.
“Through the NorKam Trades and Technology Centre, students in Kamloops can receive hands-on training in a unique learning environment before they graduate,” says Terry Lake, Kamloops-North Thompson MLA and Minister of Health. “For years to come, this high-tech facility and its staff will provide students with a head-start to their future.”
Supporting approximately 100 students per year, the new centre offers training for a variety of trades-related industries, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, construction, mechanics, automotive service, heavy duty mechanics, motorcycle mechanics and welding.
The facility was funded through a partnership between the Ministry of Education ($4.6-million), the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training ($1.7-million) and the Kamloops/Thompson board of education ($1.1-million).
The development is part of the B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint initiative, which aims to ensure that training dollars and programs are with in-demand jobs.