Mon Jun 3, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVDA of Canada is this week celebrating apprentices, technicians and everyone who works in parts and services to keep the industry thriving. The organization’s so-called RV Tech Week is an initiative recognize their work.
“Service Technicians form the backbone of the RV industry in Canada,” RVDA of Canada President Eleonore Hamm says. “We are thrilled to present RV Tech Week to celebrate the contributions this trade makes to the $6.1 billion dollar Canadian recreation vehicle industry.”
RVing in Canada generates considerable economic benefits. The manufacturing, purchasing, servicing and use of recreation vehicles contributes billions to the Canadian economy every year. In 2017, the RV industry supported 66,000 jobs and accounted for $6.1 billion in total spending.
Leading up to RV Tech Week, the RVDA team took part in the Skills Canada National Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The group participated as a Try-A-Trade exhibitor to show the versatility of a service technician’s work. The organization’s RV careers program was featured on stage during the May 28 launch of the 2019 competition.
An RV service technician is recognized as a so-called Red Seal trade across Canada. The Red Seal program sets the national standard of excellence for skilled trades in the country. Apprentices learn more 14 skilled trades in the RV service technician program.
“In addition to recognizing the achievements of our RV service techs across Canada, we continue to advocate for increased support for skilled workers in the RV industry,” RVDA of Canada Chairman Herb Cowen says. “There are currently only two programs in Canada that offer RV service technician apprenticeship training. The programs reach full enrollment each year and often hold waiting lists. We continue to advocate for increased funding to focus on skills and training, and applaud the government for their focus on this in budget 2019.”