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The CWB Group and the Immigrant Employment Council of British Colombia (IEC-BC) have partnered to support skilled welding professionals in Canada.

The two groups have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on CWB's new Canadian Welder Competency and Credential Assessment (WCCA) program.

Michelle Stanford, senior vice president, Industry Solutions at CWB Group will support employment of welders across the couuntry.

“This collaboration will enable us to develop a program and resources, which support the successful employment of welders across Canada. Welding professionals, both newcomers to Canada and Canadians, will benefit by upgrading their skills and by accessing a suite of career development services to help them secure employment in one of the many industries desperate for skilled welding professionals.”

WCCA will provide trained welders the resources required to ensure job readiness, success and retention in the welding and fabrication industry. The program, to be modelled on the IEC-BC FAST program, will enhance the ability to evaluate competencies of welding professionals regardless of origin, provide better understanding of the regulatory framework and licensing requirements by jurisdiction, provide evidence-based information on current demands, needs, and trends and increase pre-arrival preparedness  of internationally trained welders for integration into the welding profession. 

The WCCA program is designed to address current and projected skill shortages in the welding industry and facilitate labour mobility between jurisdictions. A labour shortage impacts more than just the welding industry; it has direct effects on the manufacturing and fabricating industries as a whole, hindering Canada’s ability to compete globally.

In line with the efforts of the federal and provincial agencies in the assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications, the two organizations are attempting to create an environment where welding professionals are able to utilize their skills and experience and apply them within criteria established for Canadian tradespeople.

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