Trades Training House

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Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr, representing the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development announced today a $332,485 investment from the Federal Government in a new trades training house at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2017 on the new 2,700 square foot facility that will provide hands-on, practical training opportunities for more than 300 students per year for programs including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and piping, steamfitter/gasfitter, residential construction, and sheet metal worker. 

The interior structures of the Trades Training House will continuously change, reflecting the cycles of training in the academic year and advances in building technologies and techniques. The facility will also provide new opportunities for students to learn solar panel installation, repair and maintenance and be a site for applied research projects and contract training opportunities to meet the needs of industry in the region and beyond.

Upholding the College's commitment to sustainability, the project will incorporate the latest green building technologies, techniques and materials, including an extensive solar photovoltaic array on the roof to capture energy, along with a system for collecting and reusing rainwater.

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The project will cost $867,000 and is being funded through $332,485 support from the Government of Canada and investment by Okanagan College, donors and industry partners. The project is expected to complete in Fall 2017.

“The Trades Training House will be an important piece of infrastructure in our approach to skill development,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “This will give the trades students a chance to work together on various projects in a real-world setting. It will benefit our apprentice and foundation students but will also be a great tool for some of our special programs, such as Women in Trades and Aboriginal Gateway to the Trades.”

The Government of Canada funding for the infrastructure project is being allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities. A total of $2 billion has been allocated to accelerate infrastructure at Canadian colleges and universities over the next three years.

Read more about the technology and features of the Trades Training House in the fact sheet.