The Immigrant Public Works Technician Training Project with Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) completed the first course, graduating seven individuals who are advancing to the job shadowing process. In this 17-week program, participants receive training from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and work experience in occupational skills related to public works, working safely, use of tools and equipment.  Further employment development includes environmental best practices, as well as maintaining roads, sidewalks, water systems, sanitary and storm sewer systems, building maintenance, parks, recreation facilities, and fire protection systems. Essential skills specifically related to public works will be embedded throughout the training along with life skills. Upon completion of the training and work experience, the participants will be registered as provisional public works technicians by ASTTBC. They will be supported towards full certification after one year of supervised public works employment that evidences their competency in all core public works competencies as well as in at least one specialty field. For information, click here.