Big Boost For Apprentices To Train In Skilled Trades

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Gatineau: The Government of Canada is investing in skilled trades to ensure that Canadians have the training they need to access good, well-paying jobs.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, has announced that the Government is investing $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program and has launched two calls for proposals.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through two streams:

Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment; and
Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship.

Eligible projects will help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials and support innovation and broad-based partnerships to address challenges faced by apprentices. The Program will also help to reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades among under-represented groups
such as women, newcomers, persons with disabilities and visible minorities including Black Canadians.

In order to support institutions as they continue to look at alternative delivery methods for future training, the Government encourages projects that allow apprentices and organizations to continue their training online.

Carla Qualtrough, said: “Skilled tradespeople are a key component of Canada’s workforce.

“Their work is critical to several essential sectors during the pandemic, and they will continue to support the Canadian economy as it moves towards economic recovery. This investment will help Canadians get the training they need to start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”

• The calls for proposals will remain open for eight weeks, with a closing date of August 28, 2020.

• Through the Union Training and Innovation Program, the Government of Canada provides $25 million annually to support union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and broad-based partnerships in the Red Seal trades.

• In 2017-2018, over 3000 people participated in the UTIP Stream 1 projects, of whom:
◦ 15% were Indigenous peoples; 9 % were women, exceeding the current average of women apprentices in non-traditional Red Seal trades which was at 5% in 2017).

• The demand for skilled tradespeople is expected to remain strong as the economy moves towards recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between 2019 and 2028, about 700,000 skilled trades workers are also expected to retire. Meeting these demands will require the recruitment and training of thousands of additional skilled workers.

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