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October 21, 2017 6:47 am

New MOU Aims to Benefit CNC Grads, Industry

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Frank Rossi, CNC’s Dean of Trades and Technologies, signs MOU as Dr. Lindsay Langill, ICBA Vice-President, looks on – photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – The College of New Caledonia and the Independent Contractors and Business Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to help CNC graduates find jobs this morning.

Specifically, both parties will partner on recruitment, retention and advancement opportunities for graduates in the construction industry.

“I think it’s an opportunity. It’s that seamless transition from our classrooms into the industry,” said Frank Rossi, CNC Dean of Trades and Technologies. “And I think there’s a gap with industry as far as the need for students and our students are always looking for opportunities. So, if there’s an opportunity for them to transition into an industry, that’s an advantage.”

It’s the first time the ICBA has signed an MOU with a post-secondary institution. Will it be the first of many?

“We want to be strategic in who we partner with and certainly the North has golden opportunities around many new projects that hopefully come to fruition,” said Dr. Lindsay Langill, ICBA VP. “And so, working with a college like CNC, which is the anchor of training in the North, is very important for us to make sure we’re a partner in assisting and helping them achieve their goals.”

Comments

Kudos to those behind the scenes that pulled this deal together. Hopefully, this is the first meaningful step of many that will allow young workers to move into the workforce and maintain a skill set in the North. It has been frustrating for decades to watch young people commit to all of the entry level education processes only to find industry hiring only journeymen workers with 5 years or more of experience.

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