Promoting Marine Trade Careers in our own Communities

“I wish I had known marine service was a career.”

I’ve lost count of how many people have said this to me over the past few years. We hear this from recreational boaters at shows, educators and career councellors, and skilled trade workers in other industries.

Promoting the opportunities and lifestyle benefits that go with BC marine service careers are always on our priority list. If you or your company want to participate as part of your future recruiting and hiring plans, here are 3 ways you can work with us:

  1. Volunteer with us to attend local job and career fairs that reach high school students and youth.

  2. Help sponsor our Cardboard Boat Race initiatives with local middle schools in partnership with Skills Ready. We often need mentors and race judges for these events.

  3. Attend community events that raise the profile for careers in our industry. We’re currently looking for teams to enter the Slegg Lumber Build-A-Boat Competition on Canada Day in Sidney. The entry fee is $30 per team of 3 and Slegg’s supplies $150 in materials of your choice from their store. Let us know if you want to join us for this fun community celebration.

Contact us if you are interested in any of the above ways to promote careers in your business and our industry!

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Employers: Have you wondered about recruiting internationally?

There are a number of government programs that support international recruiting, work permits, and Canadian permanent residency visas to address skilled trades shortages and unfilled vacancies. If this is of interest to you and your business, here’s a webinar to give you information and next steps.

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To register, please contact:

 British Columbia :  Emmanuelle Archer, (604) 630-0316 (ext 382), earcher@ffcb.ca

Yukon :  Jeanne Brais-Chaput, (867) 668-2663 (ext 214) ; immigration@afy.yk.ca

Please indicate whether you plan to participate in the webinar in French on June 18th or in English on June 19th.


Registration Open: Level 1 Marine Service Technician Training in Sidney and Vancouver this September

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  • Training that covers all aspects of recreational marine service

  • Competency assessment tailored to your company work scope

  • Marine Service Technician certification from the Province of BC

Register now - Class size is limited to 16 and Level 1 is filling up fast.

Application forms found here. Contact us if you need assistance.

Welcome back Levels 2 & 3 & 4. Check your email in August for your start dates and level details.

Learn from the Experts! Free DIY Garage Seminars This Week @ the Boat Show

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The Vancouver International Boat Show is on this week, 06 - 10 February 2019, at BC Place (and the floating show at Granville Island). For the 4th year, Quadrant has helped sponsor the free Do-It-Yourself Garage Seminar Series.

Check out the seminar schedule & learn from the experts.

Stop in and see us in the Education Booth # 439.

Register now: Spaces still available for NMEA training in Vancouver

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The West Coast Boatyard Association is hosting their annual NMEA training in Vancouver this spring with special discounts for WCBA members and Quadrant Marine Service Technician apprentices. Register now: February 26 - March 01, 2019.

26 Feb NMEA Basic Marine Electronics Installer

27 Feb Basic NMEA2000 Network Course

28 Feb NMEA Advanced Marine Electronics Installer

01 Mar Advanced NMEA2000 Network Course

For more details see: westcoastboatyard.ca/events