The Columbia Basin Trust is bolstering one of its programs which helps people access specialized training.
Senior Manager of Economics Lisa Kilpatrick says they’re offering up to $7,500 for training leading to specialized, high-demand jobs.
She says the program has been in existance since the early 2000s.
“We have been offering short term bursaries at $800 since then, and now we have added a specialized training bursary. What that does is that provides up to 75% of the cost of specialized training up to $7,500.”
Kilpatrick says those who are eligible must be unemployed or underemployed individuals.
“When we say underemployed we mean people who may work over 20 hours a week, however they’re not meeting their basic financial needs, so they need to look for alternate employment to meet those needs.”
The training covered by the program includes class 1 driver, prep cook, forestry work and more.
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– Lisa Kilpatrick, Senior Manager of Economics, Columbia Basin Trust