Prior to announcing the donation, Premier Clark spent some time touring NLC, chatting with a variety of students from the Automotive Service Technician Area, an area of the school set to benefit from the new funds.

Upon announcing the donation, Premier Clark said the money will do more than just ensure better equipment for students to train with.

“We want British Columbians to be the first in line for the jobs that are opening up in the North in oil and gas, mining, forestry, construction and other sectors. Working together with industry under our Skills and Training Plan, were investing in our northern post-secondary institution to make sure they have the modern equipment and facilities they need to prepare our students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The funding is a portion of the $17 million announced back in September to go towards post-secondary institutions around the province, with the intent of upgrading skills training equipment, something the government claims is a key component in the B.C. Skills and Training Plan.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, says the improved training equipment will benefit the trainees as they make their transition from student to professional.

“Under the B.C. Jobs Plan we’re taking action to provide education and training opportunities that are aligned with the needs of our economy, building industry and employment in British Columbia. This investment along with the contributions of private industry partners will ensure learners are training on the same calibre of equipment their employers will be asking them to work on after they graduate.”

Institutions will also be pursuing partnerships with local industries and other stakeholders to purchase or donate equipment, ensuring students continue to train on the latest equipment being used in the work force.

Expected to be purchased or replaced with the new funds provided Tuesday include hydraulic shears and a metal brake machine for welding students, a planer and shaper for the carpentry program, a crawler dozer for future heavy duty mechanics as well as a vertical mill for the millwright program.