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FREE training program offers valuable skills for out-of-work resource workers across BC

IPCBC News Release, July 8, 2009: WILLIAMS LAKE—Are you looking for job opportunities? Out-of-work resource workers in communities across BC can develop new, valuable skills with a free seven-day Invasive Plant Training Program that begins this July.

The Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia (IPCBC), through funding from the Community Development Trust, will roll out training program courses starting on July 13th in Vernon, Penticton and Courtenay, and July 20th in Cranbrook, Castlegar, Terrace, and Kamloops.

“The Job Opportunities Program is one of three Community Development Trust funding streams designed to support displaced resource workers and forest-dependent communities,” said Minister of Community and Rural Development Bill Bennett. “Training programs like this help provide resource workers with new opportunities for employment and demonstrate the Province’s commitment to stabilizing local economies affected by the economic downturn.” 

This training will provide out-of-work resource workers with a chance to develop new skills, in a field that is short on experienced workers.  Through field and classroom components, participants will learn about invasive plant identification, inventory skills, monitoring techniques, and herbicide application methods. 

“With the growth in unemployment, diversifying traditional forest skills is important to families and communities in BC's rural areas,” said chair of the Invasive Plant Council of BC, Duncan Barnett. “The Invasive Plant Council of BC is pleased to work in partnership with government and local weed committees to develop the much-needed training for controlling and tracking invasive plants. With more informed and skilled forest workers, the spread and establishment of invasive plants can be minimized in order to help protect valuable natural resources.”

To be eligible, applicants should be physically fit, have previous experience working in the resource field (silviculture, planting, ranching, etc), and be seeking new employment opportunities. They should be available to attend four days of training. An additional three-day Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds Pesticide Applicator course is optional.  

Training is valued at $1000, and pre-registration is required. Participants will receive a Training Certificate upon successful program completion, and may be eligible for continuing education credits.

At the end of the training, the participants will have a set of skills that will be highly valued by invasive plant managers in BC. Potential employers include: federal and provincial government ministries; regional districts and municipalities; regional invasive plant committees; forest companies; utility companies; consultants; conservation agencies, and private landowners.

The Invasive Plant Training Program is part of the provincial government’s commitment to help resource workers, specifically in resource-based communities, retrain and find jobs.  The provincial government of BC, along with the Invasive Plant Council of BC, recognize the importance and need to improve the environmental infrastructure of BC by reducing the negative impacts associated with the silent spread of unwanted invasive plants.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact 1-888-WEEDSBC or 1-250-392-1400.

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The IPCBC is a grassroots, non-profit society working collaboratively to build cooperation and coordination of invasive plant management in BC. IPCBC workshops, activities, and events educate the public and professionals about invasive plants and their potential risks. This training program will continue to assist the IPCBC in “stopping the spread’ of invasive plants through outreach and education; thus minimizing the negative impacts  and establishment of invasive plants across the province.

Membership is free and open to anyone willing to work collaboratively. Find out more at www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca.

For more information, contact the Invasive Plant Council of BC (IPCBC):
www.invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca • (250) 392-1400 • 1-888-WEEDSBC • info@invasiveplantcouncilbc.ca

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