With the launch of a new Mobile Training Centre, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) will bring hands-on skilled training opportunities to learners in rural, remote, and First Nations communities in New Brunswick.
The Mobile Training Centre is a custom-built 53-foot trailer providing approximately 1,000 square feet of customizable learning space, accompanied by a support trailer. The classroom is adaptable to deliver training in a variety of sectors, including health care, IT, and skilled trades. It also enhances apprenticeship opportunities with training for apprentices who may face challenges in attending a campus, and by providing flexible delivery options for many of the priority trades. By promoting career opportunities in key sectors to young New Brunswickers by visiting schools, the centre also serves as a new recruitment tool.
The Mobile Training Centre was officially launched at an event in Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) this morning. The Government of New Brunswick supported the project with a $2 million contribution.
“NBCC’s presence across the province has enabled us to support thousands of New Brunswickers in their educational journey. With the Mobile Training Centre we will bring flexible, quality education to even more communities across the province,” said Mary Butler, President and CEO of NBCC. “The hands-on training and customized, on-demand programming that NBCC is so well known for is now mobile, anywhere in New Brunswick. We’re proud to have the support of our partners as we work to inspire and train the next generation of skilled workers by reaching them in their communities.”
“Our province has a tremendous need for skilled workers, and this innovative learning concept will bring training directly to New Brunswickers,” said the Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. “We are pleased to partner with NBCC to introduce more flexible training that will help us attract even more people to the trades. We’re excited to see the benefits that this type of training will have on apprentices, newcomers, individuals residing in first nations communities and those residing in remote communities.”
In addition to the funding from Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency contributed $350,000 through its Jobs and Growth Fund, and partners in the private sector donated $440,000 to make the project possible.
“Our government is committed to investing in an inclusive workforce, empowering people with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue their passions and find good jobs here in Atlantic Canada,” said Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton. “I’m so pleased to see that the Government of Canada, through ACOA is supporting NBCC’s Mobile Training Centre, which will help young people across the region acquire the digital literacy and trade skills they need to succeed, and become part of the workforce of tomorrow.”
MP Atwin spoke on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
The Mobile Trades Unit is a key component of Going Beyond, NBCC’s first fundraising campaign, charting a course for NBCC to:
- accelerate skills development by creating fast, flexible training opportunities such as microcredentials and shorter pathways to certification;
- innovate educational delivery by creating modern, connected spaces, and introducing new technology such as -accessible HyFlex classrooms, surface hubs, and simulation labs; and
- reach unprecedented numbers of New Brunswickers by reducing financial barriers to post-secondary education through targeted bursaries for under-represented groups such as Indigenous students, women in trades, and people of colour.
About NBCC: As one of New Brunswick’s largest postsecondary education institutions, NBCC drives social and economic wellbeing across the province. NBCC welcomes 11,000 learners each year through quality-assured, relevant training opportunities. Supported by the Going Beyond campaign, NBCC is committed to accelerating skills development, innovating educational delivery, and reaching unprecedented numbers of New Brunswickers. Find out more at: nbcc.ca
Tanya Greer, Lead, Strategic Communications
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