Newsflash! Powell River on board for Marine Training Program

Good news for Powell River’s Marine Industry! Local Marine Operator Training Program to launch February 9th at VIU Powell River.  Fully funded by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation’s Employment Skills Access (ESA) Program, successful students will gain skills and earn certificates that meet Transport Canada’s standards to work on and operate a commercial vessel.

A three-week program for marine industry job seekers and workers that are:

a) unemployed with no attachment to EI in the last three years for a regular claim or past five years for a Maternity/Parental claim; or

b) under-employed but with no post-secondary education towards a degree or recognized certification (upgrading or a few courses is not considered post-secondary)

Not sure if you or your employee qualifies? When in doubt apply, apply, apply! But don’t delay, the application deadline is this Friday, January 13.  Pick up and drop off your application at Career Link or VIU Powell River.

Career Link is keen to partner with VIU to promote this program because it’s local, there’s free tuition and books, and the certificates serve both new job seekers as a first step to employment and seasoned workers as a means to meet updated industry standards.

Marine Industry Owners and Operators: what are your current and future hiring needs? Could this program’s graduates and/or Career Link’s free services for employers assist? Please do let us know.

For more information contact Laura at 604.485.7958  or

Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement

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