The province has granted TRU $1.7 million for equipment, upgrades and to provide short-term trades training for heavy equipment operation and forestry occupations.
The funding comes under the B.C. Liberal government's jobs plan.
Thompson Rivers University said it expects to create 300 short-term training positions in trades programs with the provincial grant.
University president Alan Shaver said the training will advance B.C.'s economy by providing workers in the growing mining and forestry sectors in particular. Programs also include training for camp cooks and masons.
About $950,000 of the money from the province is to fund short-term trades training, a one-time outlay from the provincial government. All programs fall under the province's jobs plan to meet direct labour shortages in B.C.