VIU offers free training for unemployed and low-skilled workers

NANAIMO – Program funding comes from provincial government.

Vancouver Island University will be offering people who are unemployed, or in low-skill jobs, an opportunity to upgrade with four tuition-free training programs.

The university will be offering two intakes of a three-month Class I Driver Training program for potential truck drivers. The program begins at the Nanaimo campus on Oct. 14 and Nov. 24.

Training will also be provided for entry-level jobs in the food services industry through the 13-week Introduction to Culinary Arts program. Courses begin Oct. 20 in Nanaimo.

A month-long Building Service Worker program will be available, with start date on Oct. 27 for Nanaimo.

There will also be a three-week Security Worker Training program offered for those seeking to be security guards or private investigators. The program begins Dec. 1 and Feb. 2 in Nanaimo.

According to Susan Allen, university manager of the professional development and training department, money for the programs comes from the provincial government.

For more information, please call 250-740-6163, 250-740-6579 or e-mail