Trois-Rivieres, Quebec — Quebec is giving its body shop sector a boost, as the province’s labor minister announced an investment of $2,109,160 in training technicians and estimators.
Minister Jean Boulet announced the investment in his riding of Trois-Rivières where he stipulated that $1,672,985 of the total investment will be used to develop specific training related to body repair for hybrid and electric vehicles.
The provincial government expects this investment in automotive trades training will eventually create 230 body technicians and 100 estimators in the region.
The balance of $436,175 will be distributed over the next three years to the Mauricie Automotive Industry Parity Committee for the work-study training of 22 automotive bodybuilders as part of the short-term training program for priority trades. by the Labor Market Partners Commission.
The training will be offered at the Qualitech Training Center, which is under the responsibility of the Chemin-du-Roy School Services Center.
“With the growing electrification of transportation, it is imperative that the Quebec automotive industry equip itself with the tools to train its workforce to the highest standards,” said Boulet.
“The training courses that will be developed in this way will enrich the bodybuilder curriculum. In addition, the work-study program is a concrete solution to the labor shortage. Our objective with this type of project is to enable the development of employee skills while adequately meeting the labor needs of businesses.