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Scholarship hopes to spark careers for underrepresented youth in the trades

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Scholarship hopes to spark careers for underrepresented youth in the trades

OAKVILLE, ONT.Ontario students from underrepresented communities who are interested in becoming licensed electricians, powerline technicians, high voltage technicians or technologists, renewable energy technicians, wind technicians or solar technicians can now apply for Spark Power Group Inc.’s Be Powerful scholarship. 

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 15.

The scholarship, made possible through a $5.3 million grant from the Government of Ontario’s Skills Development Fund, is open to those with any level of education, from newcomers to Canada to high school apprentices or recent graduates and those seeking second careers. In total, the scholarship will support six students: two pursuing high voltage training, two pursuing low voltage training and two pursuing electrician training in the renewable services sector, indicates a release.

“Through the Be Powerful scholarship, Spark is supporting individuals in underrepresented communities at the high school and post-secondary level,” said Najlaa Rauf, vice-president of People and Culture at Spark Power, in a statement. “This will not only enable them to choose a career in a growing, in-demand sector, but also help to encourage others from similar communities to explore careers in the same areas. Whether applicants are in high school, college, university, are newcomers to Canada, or searching for their second careers, the Be Powerful scholarship is designed to support those who might not otherwise have an opportunity to pursue a career in the trades.”

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