NDP MLAs Coulter and Paddon visit University of the Fraser Valley, say students will benefit from new technology and trades equipment

Released: November 10, 2021

New Democrat MLAs Dan Coulter and Kelli Paddon say students will gain hands-on skills thanks to new technology and trades equipment upgrades at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

“People in Trades and Technology are such a vital part of our workforce, and that’s why our government is investing in the most up-to-date equipment for their education,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “It was great to see students in action this week in honour of Apprenticeship Recognition Month, and to celebrate the new equipment that will be coming their way.”

On Tuesday, November 9th, MLAs Coulter and Paddon got a first hand look at some of the programs offered at UFV’s Trades and Technology Centre in Chilliwack with a tour of the facility with Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secratary for Skills Training.

“It was so great to get a first-hand look at some of the wonderful education going on over at the Trades and Technology Centre here in Chilliwack,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “This funding for new equipment will make sure that all the future tradespeople coming through UFV are well-prepared to start promising careers and help us build a stronger BC!”

UFV will be receiving funding for new equipment at its Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses for the following programs:

  • Computer Science
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Heavy Mechanical Trades Foundation
  • Joinery
  • Plumbing and Piping
  • Welding

UFV is one of 20 institutions across the province that are each receiving up to $150,000 to buy equipment for trades and technology programs, with a total government investment of $3 million. Public post-secondary institutions will replace obsolete equipment and acquire up-to-date technology, which will ensure students’ training remains relevant and meets the needs of employers.

Investing in advanced education and skills training for people is part of the New Democrat government’s plan to build back a stronger B.C. for everyone.

Learn More:https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021AEST0071-002111