MINTO (CNB) – Apprenticeship block training in the automotive service technician trade will be offered at the New Brunswick Community College, Minto location, starting in January 2012.

The announcement was made today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe and Marilyn Luscombe, president and chief executive officer, New Brunswick Community College.

“The introduction of apprenticeship block training in Minto will improve access for apprentices in the automotive service technician trade, particularly in the greater Fredericton-Woodstock region,” said Coulombe. “Better access to block training provides apprentices a timely pathway to certification and journeyperson status.”

Offering this program has been a collaboration between the community college and the department.

“Partnerships with our communities are a vital part of our organization,” said Luscombe. “All of the great work we have been doing will ensure that the New Brunswick Community College continues to make a positive social and economic impact in New Brunswick and will continue to train students and graduates with the skills they need for future success.”

Four blocks of apprenticeship training will be delivered between Jan. 9 and April 27, 2012. The delivery of these blocks is expected to align well with the delivery of the automotive service technician pre-employment program offered by the community college at the same site in Minto.

The New Brunswick Community College serves students from across the province, offering more than 90 programs at six campuses.