CWB Welding Foundation asses its impact over the last five years, and the challenges that lie aheadClick image to enlarge

Five years after it was founded, the CWB Welding Foundation has released “The First Five Years,” a report that charts the impact the foundation has had on the industry.

Among the achievements of note over that time:

  • 178 Mind Over Metal welding camps
  • +$14 million invested in welding education across Canada, with a focus on underrepresented groups, including women and indigenous youth.
  • +$5.3 million in additional co-operative, matching and community investment
  • +500 high school, college and university collaborations for training, capital improvements, consumables and safety equipment
  • more than eight projects supported by the Applied Research funding program at Canadian colleges and universities
  • +43 per cent of Canadian secondary schools received and utilized the Acorn curriculum

At the same time, the CWB Welding Foundation warns that the Canadian welding industry is experiencing a shortage of welding professionals, due in significant part to an aging Canadian population, a lack of young people being attracted to the skilled trades and the reduced focus on skilled trades training in secondary and post-secondary institutions. “If this shortage is not quickly addressed, it may inevitably lead to a crisis in the industry and its ability to be globally competitive in the future.”

Access the full report here.

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