Over the past several years the Building Supply Industry Association of BC, along with our training partner, NorthWest Skills Institute have been training workers with in demand skills and now we have proven it can be accomplished online. Participants are now completing their training in Manufacturing Production Worker (MPW) and Building Supply Warehouse and Distribution (BSWD). This project was funded by the Community Workforce Response Grant with funding by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.
Each student’s story is inspiring. David was recently laid off from his work in printing production due to Covid-19. He said; "For this training program, it was a really good experience for me to learn a new skill beside my own professional background. I really enjoyed it because I was able to stay home and work at my own pace during Covid 19.”
The training started April 20th for the MPW and BSWD training programs with 2 check-in’s per week with the instructor to keep students motivated and supported as they moved through the training modules. Guest speakers were also invited to speak to the groups about exciting opportunities within the Manufacturing and Building Supply sector.
Lynne, the instructor for these unique programs commented; “Mentoring students online for the first time has been a unique learning experience for myself. It is really encouraging that even in these challenging times, we have been able to adapt and rethink the way we teach and learn while continuing to encourage students to grow and succeed. The students have been tremendous as they have worked through the online training content and each brings a unique skillset to a potential employer including those with engineering and design skills, sales and marketing, admin and human resources, shipping and logistics, as well as trades and technicians.”
With such a broad variety of skills, we are certain that these graduates will be hired soon. Curious? To set up interviews contact Cormac O’Reilly at NorthWest Skills Institute 604-900-1980 x 122 or on his mobile phone at 604-340-3964 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org