Father-daughter, teacher-student combo in hot RV tech industry

RV tech jobs run in family

Victor Flint will have reason to be extra proud of one of his graduating students tonight when the Okanagan College trades and apprenticeship programs conduct their virtual commencement ceremonies.

Flint is an RV service technician instructor at the college, and one of his graduating students is his daughter, Sharla. Not only is Sharla graduating, but she will also be moving to the next level with a special award under her belt. She is this year’s recipient of the RV Service Tech Award, which the RV Dealers Association of BC presents to the student who demonstrates both academic achievement and in-class performance.

“It feels amazing to finish this program and already be working in my apprenticeship at Voyager RV Centre, and it feels even more amazing being recognized with this award for the hard work I put in,” Sharla said in a press release. “My dad is one of my biggest supporters, and I look forward to coming back to the college in the fall to start my next level of training as I work towards my Red Seal certification.”

The RV business has been booming lately due to the pandemic, as travellers wanting to get away have found the perfect solution in recreation vehicles. That means the RV service industry is also busy. Victor owns Family First Mobile RV Services, and the program he teaches at Okanagan College is proving to be a lucrative one for his students.

“I’ve always considered RV service technician as an important and in-demand career, and the current landscape of the industry only supports that claim,” Victor said. “The pandemic has had some interesting impacts in the RV world, and even with dealerships paying higher wages and offering more competitive employment benefits, they still can’t meet the demand the entire nation is feeling right now for RV technicians.”

The trades commencement will be one of nine held virtually by the end of this year. More than 2,000 students are expected to graduate by the end of July.

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