December 7, 2018 Delta, British Columbia Employment and Social Development Canada
Giving every Canadian a real and fair chance at success means helping them get the skills and training they need to succeed in a changing economy. The skilled trades are good, well-paying, middle-class jobs, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting key groups, such as women, Indigenous people, newcomers and people with disabilities, to work in the skilled trades, through funding for projects led by unions and other organizations.
That is why today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada is providing over $762,000 to UA Piping Industry College of BC for its Diversity in the Workplace – Trades Training Leading to Apprenticeship project. Funded under Stream 2 of the Union Training and Innovation Program, this project will support approximately 90 high school students from key groups, including women, Indigenous people and newcomers from several British Columbia communities, including Delta, Hazelton, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart, Thornhill and the Lower Mainland , to get trained and build careers in the skilled trades. The students will first receive essential skills upgrading and hands-on experience in several trades that are in high demand, followed by an exploratory program which will teach them the basics of several Red Seal construction trades. They will get the opportunity to “try a trade” through practical workshops. Foundational courses in welding, piping or metal fabrication will support participants to complete their training in plumbing, steam fitting, sprinkler fitting, welding, and metal fabrication. By discovering which trades best meet their needs, participants will be able to make informed decisions about their careers and encouraged to complete their training. Additionally, this project will cover travel expenses for instructional staff as well as protective gear for participants.As Canada’s economy continues to grow and create good, well-paying jobs, the Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians share in and benefit from this success.
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