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Trail Skills Centre report highlights local investment

"It’s been a big year for our clients and partners," says Morag Carter, executive director, Skills Centre.
The Skills Centre’s new building gets some finishing touches before the official move in later this month.

The Skills Centre says its 2024 Community Impact Reports highlights how the nonprofit continues to work with local companies and invest in local people.

Trail area businesses, for example, are working on the Skills Centre’s major renovation of its new downtown Trail building. As well, Skill Centre staff are continuing to provide new training programs that partner with local businesses and serve area residents, to a focus on local poverty reduction solutions.

“Almost all of our employment training programs are new in the past year, and we’ve expanded our service area to cover the entire Kootenays," says Morag Carter, Skills Centre executive director.

"To do that we’ve expanded our partnerships with organizations such as Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, service providers, and even equine learning centres in Cranbrook and Grand Forks," she continues.

“Here in Trail we’re so proud of the fact that 15 of the 16 companies that have worked on our renovation of our new building, representing a total of 136 people working on the project, are local companies. We have the talent here in our communities to make these things happen."

While some of the Skills Centre’s poverty reduction work is part of a nation-wide effort, the people involved and the solutions they are seeking are concentrated locally.

“It’s been a big year for us with the renovation of our new building, and the community is going to be the big beneficiary of this investment," Carter says. "It’s going to be the greenest, most inclusive and accessible building in Trail, and it’s going to be a resource for the community."

It’s been a big year for our clients and partners, she adds.

"I encourage you to read our Community Impact Report to see how our investments in our people and our communities are creating our shared success.”

The Skills Centre is a non-profit strengthening rural and industrial communities and workplaces in B.C. through workforce skills development, training services, social development and poverty reduction programming.

It offers these skills training and wellness programs to all demographics to build a caring community of skilled, productive and engaged people.

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