GATINEAU, QC, April 30, 2019 /CNW/ – Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople—particularly women and Indigenous people—depends on high-quality apprenticeship training systems, like union-based training centres.
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the launch of a call for proposals for the Investments in Training Equipment stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program. Trade unions and training trust funds representing workers in the Red Seal trades are encouraged to apply for funding. The Government of Canada is investing approximately $10 million in this call for proposals that closes on May 29, 2019.
Through the Investments in Training Equipment stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program, successful applicants will receive financial support to purchase up-to-date training equipment and materials so trades workers can get the skills they need. The Government is committed to getting more people working in the skilled trades, including supporting key groups, such as women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities and racialized persons.
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.
“Our government is helping the next generation of tradespeople and apprentices get the skills and training they need to succeed. When we ensure that underrepresented groups including women and Indigenous peoples can develop their skills and find good jobs, our middle class is stronger and our economy thrives.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
The Union Training and Innovation Program, which was announced in Budget 2016, targets the Red Seal trades and involves broad-based partnerships with a number of stakeholders. The Program’s objectives:
The Program, which has two streams, is open to all unions, including those that do not provide training recognized by provinces and territories as technical apprenticeship training, and those that do not operate training facilities:
The Government of Canada invests significantly in apprenticeship through grants, loans, tax credits, Employment Insurance benefits during in-school training and project funding and support for the Red Seal program. The Government is also working with the provinces and territories to harmonize apprenticeship-training requirements in targeted Red Seal trades.
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