Keyin College Trades School hitting its stride
Surge in enrolment projected for September
The new Keyin College Trades School, located in the former Home Hardware building on Goff Avenue in Carbonear, is proving to be very successful.
The school opened in the spring of 2011 in response to the demand for skilled trades workers, with some 70,000 vacancies needing to be filled between 2015-2020 and beyond.
The school has shown steady growth with approximately 40 students having graduated from various programs; and with the majority of these graduates being employed in their field of study.
The success of the new trade school is evident throughout the Trinity/Conception area with a record number of students enrolled for the September semester.
New programs will also come online to meet the future demand in the skills trades industry, said Kenneth Drover, who oversees operations at the trade school.
“This is an exciting time to be involved in preparing people for the skilled trades sector,” said Kenneth.
“The feedback we’re getting from graduates is posi- Kenneth Drover, Principal, Keyin College Trades School Dean Gillingham (left), Blake Butt and Brian Fillier (right) work to repair a valve as part of their steamfitter/pipefitter training. tive, with many telling us they have entered the workforce and are earning higher salaries then they have ever imagined.”
The training is designed so students receive industry-driven hands on training, ensuring students are equipped with both the practical and academic skills necessary to enter the workforce, Kenneth explained.
With so many jobs now available in the trades, females are being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities. Red Bay, Labrador native Samantha Belbin is an example of the growing number of females interested in becoming a steamfitter/pipefitter.
Steamfitter/pipefitter students Aaron Butt (left) and Patricia Burke practice pipe-bending techniques.