June 10, 2019

Marine ApprenticeshipOutreach for Quadrant Marine Apprenticeship

There are 16 seats available in each program below. Register your employees now before they fill up!

• Level 1 Marine Service Technician training at Quadrant Marine Institute starts in September in Sidney and Vancouver. To register click here. For more information about the program visit Quadrant online or contact Shelley McIvor at (250) 656-2824 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Level 1 Marine Mechanical Technician training at BCIT starts in October in Burnaby. For more information and to register, visit BCIT’s website here. Questions about the program can be directed to Russell Oye: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 604.451.6824.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Glenn Spartz Scholarship Program

We are now accepting applications for the Glenn Spartz Scholarship, which offers financial support to students enrolled in MMT training at BCIT or VIU. The scholarship is a collaboration between Boating BC and our partners in the marine propulsion sector: Mercury Marine, Yamaha, Volvo Penta, BRP/Evinrude and Suzuki Marine.

The scholarship removes financial barriers for your employees while training to become a marine tech. To date, we’ve awarded 25 scholarships and have received fantastic feedback from past recipients.

The application deadline for anyone enrolled in training that commences in October is Friday, September 6, 2019. For more information and to download an application form, click here.

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