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The program is designed to give students first hand experience using eqipment like dozers, excavators, and graders, while under the close supervision of qualified operators.

Project Heavy Duty is also well supported around the area, as supplying the equipment and services for the project are numerous local businesses, contractors and various other agencies, who generously have donated equipment, facilities, fuel, first aid and security all required for a successful experience.

Participating students will be scheduled to “work” for seven full working days, and those selected to take part in the program will not have to attend regular classes throughout that time.

A focal point of the program is safety, and as a result students will receive training in first aid along with site safety training, as well as listen to presentations from Worksafe B.C. personnel before entering the work site.

All Worksafe guidelines involved in standard work sites will be strictly followed on the site and students will receive one on one safety instructions from qualified before operation each piece of machinery. Those qualified instructors will also be on the equipment with the students at all times.

The program was designed to provide a variety of benefits for interested students. Some of those benefits include hands-on experience, exposure to a variety of career choices, an opportunity to meet potential employees, and experience on a real life job site. It also provides valuable skills relating to workplace safety, as well as various job application skills.

If interested in applying for the program, students must fill out an application process from the high school, as well as go through an interview process in order to gain acceptance. Students from North Peace Secondary School, Hudson’s Hope, Prespatou and Distance Education are all eligible.

Factors included in the selection process include career goals, positive work attitude, strong interest in the program, regular school attendance and keeping up in educational programs.

The program will be held on Airport Road behind the CNRC building.

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