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North Island College offering free course for entry level marine employment

Editor’s note: This is an opportunity for Cortes, Quadra and other Discovery Islanders.

North Island College is offering a free 20-day course for people who are unemployed, partially employed or precariously employed and wish to become deckhands, operate tourism related vessels or take the first step towards obtaining certification as tugboat operators.

“You have to be at least 16 years old, a resident of BC and have a social insurance number – so be a permanent resident of Canada. You must be ready to train. If you are unemployed,  if you’re a high school student, if you’re in grade 11 or 12 and you’re 16 years of age, you can do this course. If you are only employed part-time because you can’t find full-time in what you want to do. If you are only employed seasonally or casually or precariously, you can apply to be part of this program,” explained Mary Ruth Snyder,  Executive Director of the Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce , which has partnered with the college on this project. 

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