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Free training for fire protection technicians

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:17 PDT, Wed March 22, 2023

Last Updated: 12:18 PDT, Wed March 22, 2023

As many as 12 eligible participants will be able to train for jobs as fire-protection technicians in the Lower Mainland through a new $200,000 Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project funded by the province.

“We’re funding skills training so people get good jobs in high-demand industries,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. “By investing $200,000 in critical fire-protection technician jobs, we are increasing the number of workers keeping British Columbians safe.”

The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) BC and its project partners will deliver the fire-protection technician training. They help people protect their homes against fire through inspections, testing and repair of a variety of fire-alarm systems and equipment, including sprinklers, extinguishers, emergency lights and special hazard systems.

“This funding will provide opportunities for more people in the region to train as fire-protection technicians,” said Kay Sarai, director, employment and skills development, YMCA BC—Greater Vancouver region. “We’re grateful for the generous support from the Province of B.C., and look forward to collaborating with several community partners to prepare graduates for rewarding careers in the industry.”  

Participants will receive 11 weeks of employability and occupational skills training, including terminology and language for the fire-protection industry and practical learning exercises for technicians, four weeks on-the-job work experience with local employers, and one week of followup support.

Full-time in-class training started on March 20, 2023. Anyone interested in finding out more about this or other CEP projects should contact their local WorkBC centre.

This announcement is part of StrongerBC’s Future Ready Plan, which is making education and training more accessible, affordable and relevant to help businesses grow and prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.

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