TRU launches new program for basic trades skills

The program is for students with diverse abilities and needing additional supports, aimed at those interested in working in construction, warehousing or landscaping

Thompson Rivers University is launching a new trades assistant program for students with diverse abilities and needing additional supports. The program is aimed at those interested in working in construction, warehousing or landscaping.

The 32-week program will begin in February, combining classroom, lab and practical experience on and off campus. Students will be given hands-on, project-based and experiential learning opportunities, said Jane Horton, project manager for the trades assistant program.

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“It has a six-week, off-campus practicum that provides work experience for students and hands-on, practical experience on campus or in the community throughout the program,” she said.

TRU’s education and skills training program, a certificate program, now offers four areas of certification through adult special education: trades assistant, food service assistant, retail/hospitality assistant and career exploration. There are still spaces available in the trades assistant program and new applicants are welcome.

Interested applicants should apply to TRU immediately. They can get information online at https://www.tru.ca/programs/catalogue/education-and-skills-training-certificate.html or by calling program advisers Marsha Stewart or Harman Grewal at 250-371-5593.

This new program was made possible through a grant from the Ministry for Advanced Education, Skills and Training and a private donation.

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