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Williams Machinery Makes Training Accessible

Surrey, BC: Williams Machinery certified their first deaf student during a Mini Excavator Operator Training Course on November 23rd. For seasoned instructor, Eric, the day became his own learning opportunity as he observed the challenges that people with disabilities face, and gained insight into the teaching strategies needed to create a positive learning experience.

Having taught students of various abilities throughout his career, Eric believes that if a student takes his course and is committed to learning, it’s his responsibility to ensure their success.

His motto: “If someone is willing to learn, I’m willing to teach.”

With the assistance of two hand signal translators, Eric relied on repetition and demonstration to help the student clearly understand his training. If they didn’t understand, Eric changed up his explanation. Being deaf did not stop the student’s concentration as they relied on their other senses to operate the equipment safely.

At Williams Machinery, we are committed to providing the resources needed for every student to succeed.

“It shows how our company finds solutions for anyone. We are giving back to the community by helping individuals get trained and find good jobs. It makes me proud to see our company do this,” says Tony Atwal, Assistant Operations Manager.

Williams Machinery welcomes individuals of all abilities into their many in-class training and online courses. We work with several employment service agencies, including Island Dead and Hard of Hearing Centre, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Pacific Community Resources Society, Avia Employment Services and WorkBC Employment, to find individuals interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills, and gaining the certification needed to advance their career.

Interested in learning more about our safety and equipment training at Williams Machinery, click here.