7-Day Invasive Plant Training
Participants Tell All!
“I would definitely recommend this program to others – all forest techs should have this!”
“I’m very pleased to have participated, and even more pleased that there are now so many people out there working against the spread of invasive plants. Thanks for the opportunity and the good work you do.”
“The instructor had great knowledge and depth of knowledge. I learned a lot.”
“I feel so prepared – as though I could actually go to work and know what to do!”
“The training went by so fast. I wish there was more!”
84% of 2009 exam writers passed the Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weeds Pesticide Applicator Exam.
54% of respondents in a recent poll indicated that they had found work in a field related to invasive plant management.
The Invasive Plant Training Program was created as part of the provincial government’s commitment to help unemployed resource workers re-train and find jobs, specifically those living in resource-based communities. Through field and classroom components, participants learn invasive plant identification, inventory skills, monitoring techniques, and tools of integrated pest management.
The Invasive Plant Training Program successfully delivered 20 workshops for unemployed resource workers in 2010, to make a total of 31 workshops over its 1.5-year span.
ISC staff coordinated three different types of workshops in 2010: seven-day programs, one-day refreshers, and eight-day pilot sessions for Aboriginal Peoples and ranchers. In 2009, over 200 individuals participated in the program, with a total of 469 individuals over the course of the entire program period. Participants gained valuable work skills, and increased awareness and understanding of invasive plant issues. Many successful participants were employed by the Hot Spots operational program.
This training program was delivered in the following 19 communities across BC between 2009 and 2010: Williams Lake, Cranbrook, Nanaimo, Kelowna, Whistler, Abbotsford, Terrace, Kamloops, Nelson, 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Prince George, Penticton, Powell River, Courtenay, Campbell River, Duncan, Castlegar, and Quesnel.
Thank you to the province’s Community Development Trust for funding this amazing skills development program!
This program requires further funding resources to be offered in the future. Please enquire with the ISC office for more information on future training programs.