Seabird College is proud to partner with other post-secondary institutions to bring educational opportunities to our community. These partnerships allow instructors to come and share their knowledge and skills with our students. Certifications, training, education, skills and experience are key to many employment opportunities.

The transition from being a student to finding and keeping a job can be a difficult one; however, there are a number of support systems offered to our students equally. Seabird College, in addition to offering a variety of support systems to encourage everyone to reach their potential, also assists students in job placement and work experience.

The Employment, Training and Social Development team assists the students with resume writing skills, interview skills and connecting them with potential employers. When applicable, they also assist with coordinating work experience placements in appropriate work environments.

This year, the Construction Craft, Welder Foundation and Heavy Equipment Operator students have all met with Isabel McLean of STEP BC. The Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP) launched in 2006. From the start, STEP has focused on finding motivated, trained and ready-to-work candidates for construction employers with jobs to fill.

Isabel has come and visited our classrooms on a few occasions and provided information on what STEP can do to assist them in finding work and apprenticeship hours in their trades. Our trades students have had the opportunity to study under the guidance of instructors from Thompson Rivers University, whom have had years of their own life experience to share.

Learning from someone who has also been in the beginner’s shoes can help provide some relief and more approachable to ask questions. Similarly, with our Industry Training Authority representative, Andrew George. Andrew, who is a Red Seal Chef, has visited our students on several occasions, giving them guidance and direction on their journey towards apprenticeship.

To connect of employers to potential employees, Seabird Island partnered with:

  • Britco Structures
  • Ledcor
  • RIMEX
  • Ironside Design Manufacturing
  • Jakes Construction
  • Stqó:ya Construction
  • Jewel Holdings

Trans Mountain and Kinder Morgan have also been strong supporters of our trades programs and have provided information of employment opportunities in other areas of the province.
If you haven’t looked at the 2017-2018 program offerings for Seabird College yet, please do so. There are a number of opportunities available right here, you just need to come and register for them.

For more information, contact Seabird College at 604-796-6839 or email schapman@seabirdisland.ca.