Kwantlen’s appliance servicing program a promising career choice

Rabih Bobo, APPL student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.   -
Rabih Bobo, APPL student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
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Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s appliance servicing (APPL) program has increasingly become a popular career choice, not only for those interested in learning a trade, but also for those new to Canada who are looking to gain the credentials needed to find work in Canada. With the gap of qualified tradespeople forecasted in the next five to 10 years, learning a trade is something more people are considering every year.

Originally from Lebanon, Rabih Bobo holds a law degree, an international air transport association diploma, and a graduate diploma in conflict analysis and management. After moving to Canada from Abu Dhabi where he worked at the British Embassy for the last seven years, he realized his ultimate dream was to own his own business.

“I chose Kwantlen’s appliance servicing program because I saw a growing trend in retiring technicians,” says Bobo. “Learning a trade is a life changing experience - but most of all it is exciting, because when you are done studying the sky’s the limit.”

“Kwantlen’s appliance servicing program is a promising career choice,” says Tom Westgate, APPL instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “We have a variety of learners coming through our program, from fresh high school grads, mature students, to individuals new to Canada. The program is designed so anyone, regardless of background, is able to gain practical experience, and set themselves up for a career in appliance servicing.”

Kwantlen’s APPL program is the only full-time program in Canada that offers appliance servicing as a career. For the last 40 years graduate students continue to be successfully employed as technicians, owners, managers, and technical trainers in the appliance industry in B.C., Canada and the United States. Graduates from the program are also working in commercial cooking servicing, vending machine repair, furnace and fireplace service sectors, as well as other "electromechanical" occupations.

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