Holland College signs MoU with Skills Canada PEI
By Alyssa Dalton
November 16, 2011- Holland College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skills Canada PEI (SCPEI), a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada which works to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Island youth. The agreement will bring SCPEI operations under the college umbrella.
SCPEI board president Collin Affleck said the new agreement is mutually beneficial.
“The partnership with Holland College is one of the most important events in the history of Skills Canada PEI,” he said. “SCPEI and Holland College have always worked closely together, so the decision to partner with Holland College was an easy one for the board of directors. This new relationship will help both organizations achieve their primary objectives; it will help Skills Canada PEI in its mission to increase awareness around careers in trades and technology.” Tawna MacLeod has been appointed executive director of SCPEI, after serving within both organizations and the working team during the 2009 National Skills Competition hosted in Charlottetown.
“The mandates of both the College and SCPEI are closely aligned; SCPEI to promote skilled trades and technology as a viable career option, and Holland College to deliver training in these areas,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to the new challenges offered by the position. Though PEI is the smallest province in Canada, Island youth always do a spectacular job of representing our province at the National level.”