CWBi Acorn and UA Canada contribute to skilled trades education
- June 10, 2019
In a new partnership, UA Canada is adopting CWBi Acorn as a training tool for its welder members.
CWBi Acorn is a new national initiative from CWB Group to provide standardized training and support programs in a uniform, transparent and accountable fashion. Fully funded by CWB Group, it is designed to be used on its own or adapted to fit within existing training initiatives.
Through their new alliance, CWB Group and UA Canada will provide a platform for learning and enhance awareness of the skilled trades, while also pooling their expertise.
“UA Canada has a long-established reputation of being a leader in the piping industry,” said Acorn manager Trent Konrad. “The CWBi Acorn team is excited to partner with UA Canada and support their commitment to training excellence by providing them with a world-class educational resource. Our industry needs a strong workforce, and a strong workforce begins with quality training and skills development; This partnership will ensure that students, educators, and industry professionals are provided with a low-cost fully national training program.”
“UA CANADA has a history of over 130 years of educating and training apprentices and journeypersons in nine Interprovincial Red Seal trades for the pipe and welding industry and have the most highly trained and qualified specialty welders in Canada,” said UA Canada training director Larry Slaney. “We look forward to the partnership with CWB as one of the leading organizations on welding standards and qualifications to provide and promote the welding trades for youth, towards creating the new workforce for the future of our industry. Canada needs a new workforce of highly skilled motivated people, and the Acorn team will play a large role in enabling that workforce.”