A free opportunity for local residents to gain or hone vital workplace skills will be available at NVIT this March.

The Merritt campus of NVIT is partnering up with the City of Merritt to provide a five-session workshop, titled the Workplace Skills Training Program, through financial support from the province.

The training will cover topics such as communication skills, customer service, decision making, problem solving, and more. It is ideal for workers who are either just entering the workforce, or are entering into an industry or field that is new to them.

This type of training was deemed crucial following the results of the most recent Thriving Communities Labour Market Report in Merritt, which was released in 2020, though the implementation of the program has had to be pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so fortunate to have an educational institution like NVIT that brings high quality training programs to our community,” said Stephanie Moore, Economic Recovery Advisor for the City of Merritt.

Jennifer Lisle, Student Transitions Advisor at NVIT, added that “it is great to work in partnership with the City of Merritt to provide front line workers with the opportunity to enhance their skills and increase their employability which will help to sustain businesses in our community.”

The program will be delivered over 5-weeks on Friday mornings from March 4, 2022 to April 1, 2022 at the NVIT Campus.