GATINEAU, QUE. -Two calls for proposals are now open aimed at helping equity-deserving groups, including women, get the apprenticeship training and support they need to enter the skilled trades workforce.
Under Stream 2 (Innovation in Apprenticeship) of the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP), the Government of Canada is investing up to $55 million over five years, beginning in 2023–2024.
It will help fund projects that seek to improve the participation of apprentices in Red Seal trades who are women, newcomers, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, and racialized individuals, including through mentorship, career services and job matching, states a release, adding the call for proposals also seeks projects that will support the development of environmental skills for Canada’s transition to a clean economy.
Under the Women in Skilled Trades Initiative, the government is investing up to $43.5 million over four years, beginning in 2023–2024, to support projects that aim to recruit and retain women apprentices in 39 eligible Red Seal trades found predominantly in the construction and manufacturing sectors.
Both calls for proposals close on Dec. 1, 2022.
According to the release, eligible organizations include unions representing workers in the Red Seal trades, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, municipal governments, and provincial and territorial governments, agencies, institutions and Crown corporations.