Despite British Columbia's insistence on compulsory certification for auto service technicians, training certainly isn't a dirty word to the Western Canadian Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association. WCTDRA Executive Director Olive Storey said the association has held two ``successful'' training programs in the past, though none in British Columbia. One was in northern Alberta; the other concluded last February at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, a Calgary community college.
In both Canadian government-funded programs, tire dealers offered their shops for on-the-job training and practical experience.
The WCTDRA ran ads in local papers, and about 100 potential technicians applied.
``Unfortunately, the govern-ment had certain requirements for the applicants,'' Ms. Storey said. ``They had to be on social assistance. . . so many were not too well-suited for this type of work.''
Eventually the group was winnowed down to about 20 students. Participants who finished the course work and passed an exam were offered jobs in tire dealerships.