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Madison Erhardt - May 16 - Biz Releases

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The next generation of carpenters, plumbers and electricians have officially started working at a state-of-the-art new training space at Okanagan College.

Trades Training House is a 2,700-square-foot facility designed to simulate a real-world job site that will constantly change as new techniques, technologies and building materials emerge.

“Between the Trades Training House in Kelowna and the Trades Training Centre under construction at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, the federal government has invested nearly $3 million to enhance the college’s infrastructure and support its work to equip the tradespeople of today and future generations who will train in these facilities,” Kelowna-Lake Country Stephen Fuhr said at an open house, Tuesday.

The facility will also serve students in the college’s residential construction, sheet metal worker, women in trades training and Aboriginal gateway to the building trades programs.

Kelowna’s Sarah McGuire is one of those students.

“The more hands-on training we can get, the more experience and confidence we’ll have when we step onto the job site. I’m really excited to start working in there,” McGuire said.

It’s expected that more than 300 students will train in the facility per year.

The total cost for the project was approximately $1,060,000.

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