CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CWB Welding Foundation: Impact Report

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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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