British Columbia

The BC Seafood Processing Industry Addresses Major Issues Around Training Initiatives

Suzanne Thomson, Regional Representative. E-mail: suzthomson@shaw.ca Telephone: (604) 985-3912

The NSSC recently organized the facilitated regional workshop Skills Accreditation for Seafood Processing Workers in Vancouver. Many industry stakeholders attended, including plant representatives and employees from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Representatives from Human Resources Development Canada and the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union-CAW were also present. This workshop was part of the Voluntary National Certification Project, which will introduce the results of both West Coast and East Coast workshops at the upcoming National Conference. NSSC will sponsor up to five BC seats for the National Conference. An update on this project will be available on the NSSC Website after the National Conference. I will be continuing to work with the BC Regional HRDC representative to identify areas where HRDC might provide financial assistance, which would further the Skills Accreditation project. More to come…

Linda Hiemstra of Malaspina University College in Nanaimo will be providing me with the spring line-up of NSSC courses, so look for it in the Spring 2004 issue of The Seafood Trainer. Linda is always interested in participants’ needs when offering fisheries and aquaculture courses, so here’s your opportunity to be heard. Please contact me if you have any suggestions I can relay to her.

I will be visiting Vancouver Island in October, meeting plant representatives and seafood processing workers, so if you have any requests for NSSC materials please contact me and I will ensure that you receive them.

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