Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk has participated in a roundtable discussion with the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce following a visit to North Island College campuses in Campbell River and Comox.
"Listening to how employers feel and what they are hearing is crucial if we are going to train workers for jobs both now and in and the future," said Virk. "Collaborative partnerships between post-secondary institutions and business are critical to growing our economy, supporting employers and ensuring students graduate and get rewarding jobs with decent paycheques in their back pockets."
The focus of the discussion was on the regional training needs unique to the North Island. Other topics included the readiness of local post-secondary graduates, skills training needs for the future and the lasting effects of major infrastructure projects happening in the region, such as construction of the new hospital and the John Hart Generating Station replacement.
"The business community in the Campbell River area is constantly working to promote a positive business climate that nurtures a prosperous community and to do this we need a strong workforce," said Colleen Evans, president and CEO of the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce. "Getting time to sit down and outline our region's needs and successes with the minister is mutually beneficial to business and post-secondary institutions alike."
The roundtable with the chamber of commerce took place after the minister visited North Island College, where he met with students, staff and faculty.
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