Chilliwack, B.C. – The University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia has announced a partnership with Chrysler Canada that will see the university’s Trades & Technology Centre in Chilliwack serve as the major centre for Chrysler’s advanced training in the province.

The partnership involves provision of training space, as well as tools, equipment and training curricula valued at over $200,000. The announcement comes less than a year after the facility was granted university status. In April 2008, B.C. premier Gordon Campbell singled out UFV as the future location for an advanced vehicle technology centre; the commitment by Chrysler Canada was the catalyst for UFV to activate the space previously allotted for the centre. The automaker has equipped the facility with everything needed to operate the centre.

“Trades training is a vital part of our economy, and UFV’s expanding opportunities for students in the automotive sector compliment government’s own commitment to skilled trades,” said Chilliwack-Sumas MLA John Les. “In fact, since just 2004, we’ve seen the number of registered apprentices in trades more than double.”

At any one time, there are up to 10 new Chrysler brand vehicles on the site, including vehicles not yet introduced in Canada.

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