New course

Okanagan College is offering a free 16-week course for prospective logging truck drivers who are unemployed and receiving employment insurance benefits.

Job seekers looking to step into the cab and start up careers as professional log truck drivers can tap into a tuition-free training program coming to Okanagan College.

The professional log truck driver program will be offered by the college in Oliver, starting Nov. 18.

The 16-week program includes 10 weeks of theory and classroom training, followed by six weeks of hands-on practical driver training.

It’s being offered tuition-free for eligible students who meet the definition of an employment insurance client, are eligible for WorkBC case management, have been referred by a WorkBC case manager and who possess a valid driver’s licence.

The program is made possible by funding and support from the federal and provincial governments and WorkBC.

“This program was designed by the B.C. Forest Safety Council in consultation with log truck and truck harvesting advisory group members across the province,” said Dennis Silverstone, the college’s director of continuing studies and corporate training.

“For us, this program represents an invaluable opportunity for the community and for industry. With cuts on the mill side of forest-sector work, we know there is a workforce in need of training and other paths in the forestry sector.”

For more information about the program, visit okanagan.bc.ca/logtruck, call 1-866-352-0103, ext. 8249, or email pbruce@okanagan.bc.ca.