September 4, 2007: Jack and Jill are going to love this new program

      Tuesday, September 4, 2007
      Contact: Joanne Quirk
      Tel: 604.885.5391

      (SECHELT, B.C.) – The Jill of all skills and the Jack of all trades are going to love the new residential building maintenance worker certificate program being offered at Capilano’s Sunshine Coast campus this fall.

      Anyone looking for a tradesperson to do home repairs, additions, or trouble shooting will know how difficult the job is to fill these days, no matter how small. B.C.’s booming economy has resulted in a trade shortage and that means either a long wait for a skilled tradesperson, or learning how to do those home improvements yourself.

      “Students in the program will get a feel for the core trades and that could help them decide if they want to continue their studies, focusing, perhaps, on one particular area,” says program coordinator, Joanne Quirk. “This program will also attract people looking for a career change, or who want to buy a new home or sell or fix their own home.”

      The program will particularly appeal to individuals who enjoy various aspects of the trades and have a passion for problem solving.

      “It provides a really good foothold in the trades for both men and women,” adds Quirk, a carpenter and former commissioner with B.C.’s Apprenticeship Board. “Participants will also learn when to call in a tradesperson to complete those home projects that have gotten out of control.”

      Career opportunities exist in the repair and maintenance of residential and commercial buildings, such as homes, apartments, schools, band and government buildings, seniors and social housing, resorts, B&B's, to name a few. This includes minor carpentry, drywall, electrical, floor-laying, painting, plumbing, refrigeration mechanic and roofing repairs, maintenance, installation, inspection and testing (as per BC Safety Authority legislation and regulations).

      Certified residential building maintenance workers are key personnel in the smooth running of a well-managed residential enterprise, as they maintain and repair residential buildings (single family unit, multi-unit, high rise).

      There are three levels to this preparatory program that is also considered an apprenticeship program sanctioned through the Industry Training Authority. Each level runs for eight weeks, with Level one starting on October 22. Only 16 students will be accepted into the program. Participants can continue on to become certified as a journeyperson.

      Information sessions will be held at the Sunshine Coast campus located in Sechelt at 5627 Inlet Avenue on September 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 104, and October 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. in room 102.

      For more information, please visit the website at, or call (toll free from Vancouver) 604.986.1911, local 5922,or 604.885.9310.