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Posted: May 8, 2015

Project Heavy Duty returns to Elk Valley

School District No. 5, WorkSafeBC, College of the Rockies and local heavy industry are teaming up to give Elk Valley Grade 11 and 12 students a lesson in ‘Project Heavy Duty’ next week.

The program will give 24 teens interested in a career in the construction industry a chance to have hands-on experience operating heavy machinery.

As part of this training, students have received Level I First Aid certification from the College of the Rockies in April. On May 11, students will tour Teck Resources’ Line Creek Mine near Sparwood, SMS Equipment in Elkford, and receive WorkSafeBC safety training.

Project Heavy Duty continues May 12 and 13 when students learn how to safely operate different types of equipment including learning to drive graders, excavators, backhoes and trucks supplied by local companies.

This educational partnership gives students the opportunity to:

– Make contacts with potential employers and understand job expectations;

– Increase awareness of workplace safety;

– Promote awareness of heavy industry career opportunities in the Elk Valley.

This popular program returns to the Elk Valley for its third year and is made possible by local businesses and contractors, Teck Resources, SMS Equipment, the District of Sparwood and WorkSafeBC.

It will be held at the District of Sparwood Gravel Pits (on the road to Elkford).

Lead image from Canadian Mining and Energy


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