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Find your path to an exciting career, applied skills and an improved lifestyle with NIC's diverse trades and technology programs. Learn how to build and maintain aircraft, crafting fine furniture, or becoming a Red Seal chef!

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By 2019, Vancouver Island will need 28,250 more skilled workers to fill demand. More than 6,850 of the people required will be carpenters and cabinet makers.
British Columbia Trade Occupations Outlook: 2009-2019
<a href="">New Trades Equipment at NIC</a>

New Trades Equipment at NIC

NIC unveiled $187,000 worth of new equipment to help prepare trades students for their future careers.
“It means when I get out of the course and go into the industry, I can work on what the industry is using rather than trying to teach myself new concepts,” says Welding student Darren Smith. Visit the Alberni Valley News and Campbell River Mirror to learn more.


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Aquaculture Pilot Pathway 

In 2017, NIC's Aquaculture Pathway pilot program provided eight students with the opportunity to acquire essential skills transferable across sectors, while also preparing them for entry into NIC's accredited Aquaculture Technician 1 program. Students enjoyed field visits to local aquaculture farms and Canadian Coast Guard operations in Port Hardy and a guided interpretive walk of the shoreline in T'saxis (Fort Rupert). Learn more.

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NIC Turns 40

"The aviation industry is one of Vancouver Island's best-kept secrets," said program instructor Ruedi Pletscher. "Many people have no idea how significant it is. Companies are always looking to recruit new people. Our students are always in demand. One year, Viking Air in Victoria hired the whole class!" The list of personal success stories is a source of pride for Pletscher. Among them is Mike Alix, based in the Northwest Territories with Canadian Helicopters, whose work takes him from the Arctic to the Amazon...

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NIC Instructor Crafts National Curriculum

Chef Christine Lilyholm knows what it takes to be a master chef. The chef and instructor in NIC's Professional Cook programs is helping shape curriculum for cooks across Canada.

The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council recently selected her to review the National Occupancy Standards for the emerit Line Cook program, an Ottawa-based online training program. More

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Trades Focused and Ready to Learn

At 17, the Plumbing and Piping Foundation program student has already built his own micro-house, travelled to South America and Turkey, and worked construction and roofing jobs. Read more about Hartley's story.pdf 

Joinery Graduate Featured
in UK Magazine

Ron Gellatly and his Parksville-area workshop are getting international press coverage. The cabinetmaker at Mid Island Cabinets and North Island College Joinery / Cabinetmaking program graduate was recently featured in GMC Publications' Woodturning magazine. The two-page article highlights key projects, his workshop set up, and jigs used to create intricate turned bowls and art pieces. His work is featured in Port Alberni's Blue Fish Gallery and Smithfords in Qualicum Beach. Read the article here.

 <strong>NIC student featured in Chatelaine</strong>

NIC student featured in Chatelaine

Mo Nordstrom's story, Why I became a Carpenter in my Fifties was recently featured in a Chatelaine magazine series on the choices women make.
She says, "When I started, I thought I’d be the last person in the room to get hired as a carpenter. I don’t feel that way anymore." Learn more.

New Guide for Employers Helps Create Positive Work Environment for All

The Industry Training Authority has recently published a guide to help employers with their overall hiring practices by creating a positive work environment for new apprentices. If you're an employer who is interested in increasing the representation of women on your team, please read Leveling the Field - A Best Practices Guide to Employing Women in the Trades.pdf 

	NIC Carpentry Students Help Habitat Build a Home in Campbell River

NIC Carpentry Students Help Habitat Build a Home in Campbell River

North Island College Carpentry Foundation certificate students got job-site experience in Campbell River in 2016, by helping build a duplex for two Campbell River families.

The work is part of NIC's partnership with the North Island Habitat for Humanity. 

Watch the video.  

Earn College Credit 
in High School

Earn credit toward high school graduation and entry-level trades training at NIC at the same time. Eligible trades programs include welding, professional cook, plumbing, aircraft structures and carpentry. Read the Dual Credit Application Package adobe, ask your high school counsellor about Youth Train in Trades (formerly known as ACE-IT) and other ITA Youth programs, or contact an NIC educational advisor to learn more. 

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One of BC's Best-Equipped Trades Training Centres

NIC's stunning Trades Training Centre at the Comox Valley campus is an amazing place to learn.

The $8.2 million, LEED-gold building is home to NIC's qualified, professional instructors and upgrading, first aid, carpentry, and plumbing programs. Completed in 2011 its BC's newest and best equipped trades training facilities. Find out more: