Apprentices In Waterloo Region Can Complete Their Training And Find Work In Skilled Trades
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 newcomers, women, Indigenous people, and persons with disabilities, to work in the skilled trades through funding for projects led by unions and other organizations.
That is why today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada is providing close to $5.5 million to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 804 for its Pre-Apprentice Training and Retention Innovative Learning Program project. Minister Chagger made the announcement together with Members of Parliament Raj Saini, Marwan Tabbara and Lloyd Longfield.
Investing $25 million Annually
The Government is investing $25 million annually in the Union Training and Innovation Program through two streams:
· Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment Stream; and
· Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream.
Helping To Find Good Well-Paying Jobs
Projects help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments for equipment and materials, and support innovation and enhanced partnerships to address long-standing challenges that limit apprenticeship outcomes in Canada. As a result of these investments, more apprentices will be able to develop their skills, complete their training and find good, well-paying jobs.
Apprentices Grateful For Electrical Skills Program
Area Woman Excited About Her Future As An Electrician
Program apprentice Laura (fourth from the left above) was in Health Care but decided she wanted a career with more stability. Her father was in HVAC and as a young girl she would go along with him to visit projects. She always had an interest in being an electrician...but everyone thought if was better suited for boys. She never gave up. Once she graduates and finishes her apprenticeship she will be able to provide a good stable standard of living for her two daughters. She is thrilled to have the opprtunity to pursue her new career.
An Economy Built On Innovation And Inclusiveness
“Canada’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. That’s why our government is investing in this project that will help apprentices in the Waterloo region, and especially those who face additional barriers to participate and succeed in the skilled trades. The goal is to help all Canadians launch exciting, fulfilling careers in the trades," said The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Through this project funded under the Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program, IBEW Local 804 will train a total of 240 electrical trade apprentices. It will create an interactive and accessible learning platform and work in partnership with organizations that promote the electrical trade. Participants will benefit from 11 weeks of classroom training, including hands-on practical learning, followed by 17 weeks of on-the-job training with a contractor. Beneficiaries include existing IBEW member and members that will relocate to the Waterloo region.
“Funding received through UTIP benefits employers and apprentices alike and will help us continue to expand upon our inclusion and diversity objectives. It will enable us to train the next generation of electrical tradespeople through traditional hands-on and new innovative online learning, as well as on-the-job experience. In turn, employers are able to hire employees that have in-demand skills. In the Waterloo region, this means that 240 apprentices will be ready to enter the labour market, find well-paying jobs with our ECACO partners, and contribute to the local economy," says Mark Watson, Business Manager and Financial Secretary for IBEW Local 804 in Breslau.
“The Union Training and Innovation Program will help new generations of workers benefit from the mentorship and training that unions and other training organizations are so well equipped to offer. Through this project in the Waterloo region, our government is building stronger communities and strengthening the middle class," said The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons.
Economic Growth And Well-Paying Jobs
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.
“Prior to politics, I worked as an electrical apprentice. I understand how vital investments like these are for not only for IBEW, but for employers, apprentices and our community," said Marwan Tabbara, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South—Hespeler
“This investment is wonderful news for the Waterloo Region community and will unlock opportunities for underrepresented groups to participate more fully in the skilled trades. Supporting the skilled trades through investments in apprenticeship training will help everyone in our community compete, succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing economy.”
– Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre
“Skilled trades are critical to meet the growth in our region, which is faced with the lowest unemployment in Canada, and Canada has its lowest unemployment in over 40 years. Labour is providing a pathway for apprenticeships, working locally with Conestoga College. The IBEW is a key partner in connecting labour with business, building prosperity locally and across Canada,” says Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph