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CNC gets 56 additional LNG trades training seats

College of New Caledonia will receive funding for an additional 56 training spaces as part of the push to bring liquified natural gas to B.C., the provincial government said Thursday.

College of New Caledonia will receive funding for an additional 56 training spaces as part of the push to bring liquified natural gas to B.C., the provincial government said Thursday.

The spaces include 16 welder apprenticeship seats, 16 electrical apprenticeship seats, 16 heavy-duty equipment mechanic apprenticeship seats and 8 crane operator apprenticeship seats.

The funding works out to $143,000 including $96,000 for the seats and $47,000 in operating and equipment funding to support delivery of training programs.

"CNC is very pleased that this government funding will help us offer more trades training seats and reduce wait times for students," CNC president Henry Reiser said. "With the growing demand for skilled trades people, there's never been a more important time to help students get the training they need."

The additional seats will be available to students as early as September.