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 The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada announced Tuesday (Feb. 21) that NTP-STAG Canada will be the title sponsor for its 2017 RV Technician Bursary Program. Through the agreement, the national association will again be able to offer financial assistance to Canadian RV service technicians in their educational endeavors.

The RVDA of Canada awards 11 bursaries, or scholarships, valued at $1,000 each and one bursary at $1,500 to eligible RV technicians in all Canadian provinces who have enrolled in RV apprenticeship or related education programs. The eligible training period for consideration of the 2016-2017 bursaries is from Aug. 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017. Bursaries will be awarded to students with a serious interest and acute desire to succeed in the RV industry as demonstrated by successful program completion with higher than average grades.

“We are very excited about this partnership,”  Eleonore Hamm, RVDA of Canada president, stated in a release. “The RV technician bursary allows us to reward students who have taken the initiative to further their careers by enrolling in education and training. Trained technicians not only improve business performance but also increase consumers’ satisfaction with their RVing experience. We would like to thank NTP-STAG Canada for their sponsorship as well as their continued support of the Canadian RV industry.”

NTP-Stag Logo Final-LargeRalph Ruzzi, vice president of sales at NTP-STAG, said the program’s focus on professional development and technical expertise aligns perfectly with the company’s service mission to support ongoing training in the RV market.

“For those who desire to improve their understanding of the products we distribute to better serve their customers, we commend your efforts as well as the association’s vision to provide a forum for people to obtain it,” noted Ruzzi. “We appreciate and understand the value that training brings to enhancing the customer experience and the improved efficiencies and effectiveness trained employees brings to their businesses. To the individuals that participate in these programs and the companies that support them, we applaud your commitment.”

NTP-STAG Canada is the largest distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories in the RV industry. It supports RV dealerships and retailers in Canada by offering education, training and a full complement of marketing and merchandising services aimed at helping companies grow.

The RVDA of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations which exists to protect and promote the interests and welfare of RV Dealers across Canada in order to enable the industry to maximize its potential.

Applications for NTP-STAG Canada RV Technician Bursary can be obtained by emailing [email protected] For other information, contact the RVDA of Canada at 604-718-6325.