LONDON, ONT. — The Government of Canada will provide over $123,000 in funding over three years to the Labourers’ International Union of North America Local 1059 in London, Ont. for training equipment and materials to help about 180 apprentices get the skills they need.
The project, delivered by the LiUNA Local 1059 Training Trust Fund, is funded under the Union Training and Innovation Program’s (UTIP) Investments in Training Equipment Stream.
UTIP projects help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in up-to-date training equipment and materials.
LiUNA Local 1059 will purchase modern equipment to improve safety and productivity, including skid-steer loaders, cameras, drones and laptops, indicates a release, adding by training and re-certifying apprentices onsite, the local will minimize work disruptions for both employers and apprentices.
Other locals, millwrights, piledrivers, floorlayers, carpenters and other tradespeople will also be able to make use of the new equipment to obtain their certification.
“Fund matching provided by the Government of Canada through UTIP has been invaluable to our work at the LiUNA Local 1059 Training Centre,” said Brandon MacKinnon, business manager, LiUNA Local 1059, in a statement.
“Generous financial contributions to our program allow us to train and certify the next generation of tradespeople, set industry standards for curriculum development and student retention, and remain at the forefront of promoting the skilled trades as a first choice career.”