The government of B.C. is investing $621,701 in new skills training at the 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.
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 is aligned to the needs of the economy of each region.
Institutions will also pursue partnerships with local industries and other stakeholders to purchase or donate equipment, ensuring students continue to train on state-of-the-art equipment.
The type of equipment slated for purchase or replacement at UFV includes a diagnostic engine bench, plasma table, flat deck trailer, and a planer.
“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 Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation, and Technology John Yap.
“Trades are a practical way for people to make a living. This funding will help improve trades programs at UFV, and will give students even more hands-on experience that they can take with them to their jobs,” said Chilliwack MLA John Les.
“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 UFV president Mark Evered.
Past capital investments in UFV include:
- $10 million for expansion projects at the Canada Education Park
- $7.5 million for the acquisition of the former CFB Chilliwack lands 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 Centre at CEP
- $19.6 million for renovations to Buildings B and C at the Abbotsford campus.