Boating BC & Quadrant Marine Institute Announce Marine Service Industry Bursary

Here’s the press release for our new financial assistance program for Marine Service Techs thanks to Boating BC. Please help us get the word out!

Vancouver, BC - Boating BC Association and Quadrant Marine Institute today announced a partnership that creates a new bursary program for students enrolled in the Marine Service Technician (MST) Apprenticeship Training Program.

 The initiative will be funded by Boating BC and administered by Quadrant Marine, and will provide financial aid to students while they attend training in a field in which there is an existing skills shortage.

 “We are thrilled about this new partnership, which will help ensure we are filling a very real need in the industry,” said Don Prittie, Boating BC President. “We are in need of certified technicians and we hope this will provide support for MST students to help them complete their training.”

 Boating BC also funds the Glenn Spartz Scholarship for students enrolled in the Marine Mechanical Technician Apprenticeship Program as a means of supporting trades training and attracting new people into the growing recreational boating industry.

Developed by Quadrant Marine and designated by the ITA, the MST apprenticeship training program exposes trainees to all aspects of the repair and maintenance of recreational and small commercial vessels. Specialization comes with practical skill development in the workplace. The program is delivered over four levels (years) in evening classes from September to May in Sidney and Vancouver, plus a new block-release course in Nanaimo.

 “With a growing industry and an aging workforce, it’s critical to promote Marine Service career pathways with credentials,” said Shelley McIvor, Managing Director, Quadrant Marine Institute. “The bursary program will provide financial assistance to those pursuing these career opportunities, and that can only benefit the industry as a whole.”

 Applications for the Marine Service Industry Bursary are now being received. To be eligible, students must be registered with the BC Industry Training Authority and Quadrant Marine Institute. The application deadline is July 31st for students attending school in Sidney and Vancouver and August 30th for Nanaimo.

 To learn more about the MST program, the Marine Service Industry Bursary and to apply, visit: https://www.quadrantmarine.com/apprenticeship/new-marine-service-industry-bursary

 

Quadrant Marine Institute Inc. is a private trades training facility for boat and yacht building, repair, and maintenance. For more than two decades, Quadrant has designed and delivered apprenticeship training for technicians employed in the recreational marine industry. 

Boating BC Association represents the recreational boating industry across British Columbia and is comprised of more than 300 member businesses. The Association offers counsel on business and governance issues, as well as representing and advocating on behalf of the boating industry to all levels of government.

 For more information on Boating BC contact:

Lisa Geddes

Boating BC Association

604.339.9660

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Breaking News: Level 1 MST Training in Nanaimo February 2019!

Whole-boat training is a solid foundation for careers in marine service: Industry asked for it; Quadrant delivers it; & the Industry Training Authority will help fund it.

For the first time, Quadrant will deliver MST in a block release training in Nanaimo to serve the small craft/recreational marine industry from Duncan to Port Hardy and Port Alberni to the Sunshine Coast. In close collaboration with marine service businesses and school district career counsellors, we’ll run direct entry Level One Marine Service Technician training for apprentices with employer sponsors.

The MST program provides whole-boat training across the entire scope of the Small Craft/Recreational Marine Service Industry. Seats are limited to 16 and a number are already filled. Register now! For assistance or more information contact smcivor@quadrantmarine.com

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A fast week with Women In Trades Training Maritime Sampler Classes at Quadrant

We have a new partnership project with Camosun College for their Maritime Trade Sampler Courses. As part of their larger exploration of maritime trades, students spend a week with Quadrant to experience the small craft/recreational side of the industry. This week was dedicated to Women In Trades and we had 13 enthusiastic participants.

Day 1: Abrasives, Adhesives, and Basic Coatings - Sikaflex is an art!

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Day 2: Laminating and repairing laminate damage - composites = chemistry.

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Day 3: Wiring series & parallel DC electrical circuits (& troubleshooting with multimeters).

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Day 4: Onboard systems cover a lot of service work, from outboard motors to large yachts.

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Thanks to all our dedicated instructors from Philbrook’s Boatyard, Pilot Marine Yacht Services, Blackline Marine, and Nordik Marine Surveyors.

Level 1 MST Respirators & Fit Testing: Thanks 3M

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Bridgette and Jan are just two of the dozens of apprentices (& one dedicated administrator!) who passed their respirator education and fit testing before heading off to do marine service training projects.

Special thanks to Peter Asfour & Doug Clements from 3M for their assistance.

How to be a Journeyperson MST at age 20

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Austin Edwards told students and parents at the Saanich School’s “Parents as Informed Partners” night how he completed his 4-year Marine Service Technician Ticket before his 21st birthday. By starting his trades training at Quadrant while he was in Grade 11 at Parkland Secondary, he got credit towards high school and MST technical training at the same time. Quadrant is just one of the training partners with Saanich Schools where Dual Credit students like Austin can fast track their career goals.

Austin completed his advanced competencies and final exam this past spring. He works at Raven Marine in Sidney and specializes in mechanical systems installations.

Congratulations Austin!