SASKATOON, SASK. – The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) and North West College recently announced a new plastic welding pilot program.
This fall SRC worked with North West College to develop a plastic welding pilot program which the college has now turned into a value-added, micro-credential program, geared to individuals looking to expand their welding capabilities.
The program includes short-term training to learn the specialized skills required for welding polyvinyl chloride (PVC) materials, a critical skill in industries such as construction, manufacturing and infrastructure development, a release said.
Students in the non-credit, two-week micro-credential program will have access to welding equipment and facilities at North West College’s Meadow Lake campus and in the pilot stage of the program, students can practice their new skills at SRC’s solvent extraction fabrication facility in Saskatoon.
“We are excited to collaborate with SRC on this groundbreaking initiative. This PVC welding micro-credential program will not only provide our students with the skills they need to thrive in the workforce, but also contribute to the growth of industries that rely on PVC welding expertise,” North West College president and CEO Dr. Eli Ahlquist said in a statement.
The PVC welding micro-credential program welcomed its first cohort to participate in the pilot in fall 2023 and North West College is actively recruiting for spring 2024, the release said.