Nicola Valley Institute of Technology: Bridging to Trades

The Bridging to Trades program provides students the courses needed to have greater access to trades training of their choice. Bridging to Trade program is offered through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology’s (NVIT) Community Education ; an alternative education model whereby NVIT delivers programming in First Nations communities throughout British Columbia and across Canada. Community Education provides students with an opportunity to learn in their own community, which supports students who do not wish to move away from their community, or are currently employed.

NVIT has offered Bridging to Trades since 2009, delivering to 3 cohorts per year with approximately 12 -24 participants per session.

The program is mobile and offered within Indigenous communities across the province. The mobile program consists of two Bridging to Trades trailors: self-contained, 53-foot travelling classroom/trades shops that can each accommodate classes of 12 students per session and features welding equipment, drill presses and a host of other equipment and tools to provide hands-on training for welders, electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters/steamfitters and millwrights.

The program also consists of specific academic upgrading in Essential Skills including reading, numeracy and document use. Students also develop necessary employment skills including resume writing, interviewing tactics, and other job-search related tools.

Contacts within the community help to monitor participant progress and status upon completion of the program.

Students gain 12 weeks of hands-on and classroom experience in the following trades
• Electrical
• Plumbing/Pipefitting
• Machining/millwright
• Welding

Employment skills and workplace safety are emphasized. Upon successful completion of this program, students will have greater opportunity for acceptance into trades schools pre-apprenticeship programs..

Location British Columbia
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John Chenoweth, Dean of Community Education and Applied Programs, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
4155 Belshaw Street, Merritt, BC

Project Details
Community Urban, Rural, Reserve community
Scope of Project Provincial / Territorial
Target Audience First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs)