About Our Students

Josh Anderson

Apprenticeship and Carpentry

At VIU here in Nanaimo, I always feel amongst friends and family. Sure, they give you a student number, but never treat you like one. Tanya Reiber and the VIU trades department in particular knows you by name and will always go out of their way to let you know of available seats in upcoming classes. VIU has so much to offer and my short time spent on campus is just a taste of the opportunities that wait for me on my return.

Morgan Brown

Journeyman Carpenter

I like the teachers, they’re really knowledgeable, really prepare you for what to expect. It was really fun to go back each year. There are things about the trade that you had to be in the classroom to learn, you can’t learn it all on-site. And you can tell on the worksite who has the schooling. It gave me a jump up on everyone. I would recommend that other students complete their apprenticeships. Following through on all the apprenticeship levels was totally worth it. One of the bigger... more

VIU Women in Trades, Carpentry students Natalie and Karly

Natalie and Karly


If you’ve read the newest edition of VIU Magazine, you’ll know that our Faculty of Trades and Applied Technology is working to support more women entering the trades. Carpentry students Natalie Raffeiner and Karly Atkinson are excited about their program, and agree that the industry needs more women.

“It’s nice to have women on the job site,” says Natalie. “Even if you work with a crew of friendly, supportive guys, being the only... more