Keyin Col­lege Trades School hit­ting its stride

Surge in en­rol­ment pro­jected for Septem­ber

The Compass - - KEYIN COLLEGE -

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.

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