Construction of the 8,000-square-foot building is expected to start by late July and the training facility is expected to open its doors in November or December.
Sydport was chosen over other (Nova Scotia) locations in North Sydney and downtown Sydney because it would be a more central location for students from all parts of the island, said Wall.
Three trades will receive training at the facility: Sheet metal workers, who do ventilation work on major buildings; siders, who do all the major siding on commercial buildings; and roofers, who work on flat roofs on commercial projects.
“There is no training for our trades in Cape Breton whatsoever,” said Wall. “This is a major plus for the area.
“They are just starting to work on (training for flat roofers) on the mainland, and we’ve always had to go to Halifax for training (for sheet metal workers).”
When the building is finished, it will have classrooms and a large shop area, said Wall, and all training will be done to provincial standards.
“We are working with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education on how the courses will run. This is going to be a big advantage for a lot of people, especially our young people.”
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