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Feds provide funding for equipment to help apprentices complete training

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Feds provide funding for equipment to help apprentices complete training

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada is providing close to $213,000 to the Labourers Local 625 Training Trust for two projects that will support 990 apprentices in Old Castle, Ont.

The two projects will be funded under the Investment in Training Equipment Stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program.

The Government is investing $25 million annually in support of the Union Training and Innovation Program through two streams: Investments in Training Equipment Stream; and Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream.

For the first project, Elevated Bridge Work, Local 625 will receive close to $118,000 to purchase up-to-date training equipment including two hydro mobile mast climbing scaffolds, an articulating boom, a scissor lift and a swing stage. By getting trained on the modern equipment, apprentices will boost their skills sets and get certified to take up jobs in major construction projects such as the new Gordie Howe Bridge, indicates a release.

Local 625 will receive close to $95,000 for the second project, Utility Training — Connect our Community, to purchase of a trailer, a line locator, a compactor, a compaction metre, an excavator and a Bob Cat. Apprentices will benefit from training on the new equipment and become ready for in-demand and well-paying jobs in the construction craft worker and cement finisher trades, adds the release.

“The LiUNA Local 625 Training Centre provides our community with important apprenticeship, skills upgrade, as well as construction health and safety training, which in turn provides our contractor partners with a qualified skilled workforce,” said Rob Petroni, business manager of LiUNA Local 625, in a statement. “The federal funds that we have received through the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) will allow us to, not only continue to offer this high level training, but also encourages us to adapt our innovative training to the ever-changing needs of the construction industry.”

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