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News   April 14, 2008   by Auto Service World

BC Insurance Company Hosts Autobody Career Fair


Facing an impending shortage in the autobody industry, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has teamed up with the College of New Caledonia’s (CNC) Career Technical (CTC) program and local business partners to attract students into the field.
Today, fifty hand-picked students from School District 57, Prince George attended the Metal Heads Autobody Career Fair to educate and encourage them to consider a career in the autobody industry.
Students were bussed to CNC where they spent the day interacting with experts from the field and trying out skills needed for a potential employment in the field.
The first of its kind, the career fair has garnered huge support both locally and province-wide, including a generous grant from the Automotive Retailers Association.
ICBC Material Damage manager, Roger Allen, has been impressed by the support he’s received in organizing the event.
“Working with ICBC’s HR department, we acknowledged that a labour shortage is inevitable.
“Instead of waiting for it to happen, we decided to take a proactive approach in recruiting young people into the field.”
CNC’s Brink building was transformed into an interactive playground for the young autobody enthusiasts, where they alternated between stations including welding, windshield replacement, sheet metal repair, and informational sessions about each facet of the field.


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