Feds announce funding to teach construction skills

Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North — Seymour, announced new funding to train workers.

The feds are funding $3,760,233 to the BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council for its Enhancing the ES Training System to Increase Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Success. This project is funded under the Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program.

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The Government is investing $25 million annually in support of Union Training and Innovation Program through two streams:

• Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment Stream

• Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream. 

“The Union Training and Innovation Program offers new generations of workers in Burnaby and North Vancouver the opportunity to secure good-paying jobs by learning industry-leading skills,” said Beech in a statement. “As a government, we remain committed to strengthening our communities and growing the middle class through a more inclusive, highly skilled workforce.”

As part of this project, the BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council will collaborate with public postsecondary colleges and through Canada’s Building Trades Unions across Canada and will develop a structured essential skills training system. Applicants will be in five regions: BC, the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. 

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