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BC Hydro helps Coast Mountains students learn trades

Bruce Barrett, vice-president of Transmission & Distribution Program Delivery, presents a cheque to Roger Leclerc, vice-chair of the Coast Mountains Board of Education.
BC Hydro's Bruce Barrett, vice-president of Transmission & Distribution Program Delivery (right), presents a cheque for $20,000 to Roger Leclerc, vice-chair of the Coast Mountains Board of Education.

Four students to get training help as northwest B.C. economic growth produces jobs

BC Hydro has donated four scholarships totalling $20,000 to Coast Mountains School District 82 to be used towards trades scholarships for students graduating from high school this year.

Northwest B.C. is experiencing renewed economic growth along with an increased need for workers with qualifications in trades. And the scholarships will give students an opportunity to take advantage of those future jobs.

The scholarships were sponsored through the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) project.

"There is a considerable gap between the number of skilled workers needed to build and operate those projects, and the available workers in the area,” said Bruce Barrett, BC Hydro's vice-president of Transmission and Distribution Project & Program Delivery.  “Helping students who want to pursue trades training is a small, positive step towards ensuring these jobs are filled by local skilled workers.”