OLDCASTLE, ONT. — The Government of Canada is providing $213,000 to Labourers Local 625 Training Trust for two projects that will support 990 apprentices. Both projects are funded under the Investment in Training Equipment Stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program.
As part of the first project titled 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. The federal government hopes that 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.
Through the second project titled Utility Training — Connect our Community, Local 625 will receive close to $95,000 for the 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.