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TechWORKS! Patnerships & Working Groups

Fire Protection Technician Internship Program

In each of 2002 and 2003, TechWORKS! led an innovative program that placed 12 youth from the Surrey-White Rock-Delta area of the Lower Mainland in six-month internships with local fire protection companies. The program included five weeks of classroom-based skills enhancement and resulted in graduates becoming certified Fire Protection Technicians and gaining employment with their sponsoring employer. The program was funded by HRDC and participating employers.
BC Ministry of Education
The TechWORKS! Secondary School Work Experience program helped to bridge the gap between school and the world of work by providing valuable work experience placements for secondary school students in technology-based work environments. The Ministry of Education provides funding to support the operation of TechWORKS!
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC
TechWORKS! has been an active member of APEGBC's Career Awareness Committee since 2001. This participation resulted in a three-part career awareness program for 20 Grade 11 and 12 students that included briefings by post secondary representative and recent graduates, a tour of local engineering companies and a work experience opportunity. Ways of delivering this successful concept to a greater number of students are currently being explored.
High Tech Exchange Group
TechWORKS! consulted regularly with this group of human resource professionals from the high tech sector, developing new opportunities for quality work experience placements. The two organizations have recently formed a working group to develop and communicate innovative work experience models within the high tech sector.
Career Education Society (CES)
CES worked with TechWORKS! and Simon Fraser University to develop additional work experience opportunities for BC secondary school students in technology-based industries.
BC Technology Industries Association (BC TIA)
BC TIA and ASTTBC worked in partnership to deliver TechWORKS!, assisting young people better understand the career opportunities in technology and the trades.
Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC)
ITAC and ASTTBC worked together to expand the scope and distribution of TechBAR! Note: Organization no longer exists

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