WOODBRIDGE, ONT.—The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT) in Woodbridge, Ont. is receiving $890,000 from the Government of Canada to implement online learning.
The project will establish a delivery model for five courses that are traditionally taught in the classroom to both apprentices and journey carpenters to mitigate challenges limiting apprenticeship outcomes for women, newcomers and people with disabilities, indicates a release. It also aims to increase employment opportunities and flexibility by increasing efficiency in learning.
Receiving the funding during the COVID-19 pandemic will allow the CCAT to pivot training programs to online programs and continue to meet the needs of the next generation of workers and construction employers.
The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $62 million investment over five years. The project is funded under the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) which supports union-based apprenticeship training and works to reduce barriers to participation and success in Red Seal trades, adds the release.
The first stream, Investments in Training Equipment, helps unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials. The second stream, Innovation in Apprenticeship, supports innovation and strengthened partnerships to address challenges that are limiting apprenticeship outcomes in Canada.
“The College of Carpenters and Allied Trades is very grateful for the federal government’s UTIP investment over the next four years,” said Cristina Selva, executive director of the CCAT, in a statement. “This investment will be used to support the development of on-line learning courses as a means of supporting a more diverse and highly skilled carpentry workforce.”