Assiniboine to deliver new tuition-free, Heavy Duty Technician program

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Assiniboine Community College is announcing a new partnership with Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and Indigenous Youth Development Canada to deliver a tuition-free Heavy Duty Technician program. The program will commence in December 2021 at the college’s North Hill campus in Brandon.

“As a former heavy duty instructor, I am excited about this partnership, which allows entry into this field to those who may not otherwise have the chance,” said Assiniboine’s Chairperson of Mechanical Trades, Lloyd Carey. “This is a gateway to jobs with excellent potential. These students can gain credit for their Level 1 common core apprenticeship accreditation, which would allow them to branch out even further into Heavy Duty Equipment, Agricultural Equipment or Truck and Transport specializations.”

The program, funded by Algonquin College, prepares students for in-demand careers within a trade that employers report has a shortage of skilled workers. As part of the program, participants will complete hands-on, in-school training for 28 weeks plus a 280-hour paid work placement.

Selection into the eight-month program will focus on engaging Indigenous youth 18 to 30 years of age, who are not in employment, education or training (NEET Youth). There is space for twelve students. Tuition, textbooks, personal protective equipment, supplies and tools are all covered at no cost to those enrolled in the program.

“Costs for training to acquire the skills and aptitudes required for entry into the job market are an ongoing barrier to employment,” said Assiniboine’s Director, Indigenous Education, Kris Desjarlais. “We are thrilled that students won’t have to worry about funding and can enjoy a hands-on learning environment.”

Interested candidates must attend a free program information session as part of their admissions process into the program. For more program details and to register for an info session, visit assiniboine.net/heavydutyTF.

(ACC Release)