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United Brotherhood of Carpenters funding to aid in trades inclusivity, diversity

United Brotherhood of Carpenters funding to aid in trades inclusivity, diversity

WINNIPEGThe federal government is investing more than $2.4 million over five years in a project for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) that will help nearly 2,300 apprentices progress toward becoming certified journeypersons. 

The project, announced July 29, will enable the UBC to create national guidelines to increase diversity and inclusion in the trades, implement a mentorship program for a number of trades, including carpenters, cabinetmakers, floor covering installers and roofers, states a release, adding it will also develop a national recognition program to encourage and champion excellence demonstrated by journeypersons, apprentices and employers toward improving diversity and inclusion. 

It will be funded under the Innovation in Apprenticeship stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program, which supports union-based apprenticeship training and works to reduce barriers to participation and success in Red Seal trades. The investment is part of the Government of Canada’s $62–million investment over five years to help develop a highly qualified skilled trades workforce. 

“This project demonstrates the federal government’s understanding of how to change the construction industry fundamentally,” said Jason Rowe, vice-president for the Canadian District of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, in a statement. “Together, we will address systemic barriers and that will improve the inclusion and integration of diverse populations into the construction industry, ultimately leading to improved safety, health, and productivity outcomes for apprentices as they embark on a career in the construction industry.”

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