HAMILTON, ONT. — The federal government has announced funding of $285,000 to Ironworkers Local 736 to support its Welder Training and Testing Capacity Increase project.
The spending, which is funded through the Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP), will help Local 736 purchase such equipment as a mobile welding training trailer, welding machines and a floor press to train apprentices from key groups who face barriers, such as women, Indigenous people and newcomers, said a recent release. The allocation is intended to help Local 736 create a pool of qualified tradespeople from communities in the Hamilton area.
Women account for nine per cent of apprentices in Red Seal trades, said the statement. UTIP allocates $25 million annually to union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships in the Red Seal trades.
“Ironworkers provide the highest quality training to develop the right skills required on jobsites. By purchasing new, up-to-date equipment with support from the UTIP program, Ironworkers Local 736 is helping our apprentices through their technical training, leading to a pool of certified journeypersons ready to participate in the job market in the Hamilton area and beyond,” said Steven Pratt, president of Ironworkers Local 736, in the release.
“Our country’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. Our government is proud of this project that will help apprentices in Ontario, and especially those who face additional barriers to participate and succeed in the skilled trades, start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades,” added Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patty Hajdu.