The federal government is investing over $3.8 million in Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM) through the Skills for Success program to boost skills training, predominantly in manufacturing.
WEM’s Workplace Connections project will help 120 people become certified Skills for Success practitioners. As practitioners, they will design and deliver employer-focused skills training, tailored to the specific needs of 60 different workplaces. About 500 workers across Canada, including in Manitoba, will benefit from this training.
Launched in May 2021, the Skills for Success program focuses on nine foundational and transferable skills that Canadians need to participate, adapt and thrive in learning, work and life. They include foundational skills like writing, reading and numeracy, and socio-emotional skills as a way to address the country’s immediate and long-term training needs, particularly for under-represented groups in the labour market, including Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized Canadians.
The projects funded by the Skills for Success program will contribute to an estimated 90,000 job training opportunities, helping deliver on the federal government’s commitment to create 500,000 new training and work opportunities for Canadians.
“As new industries emerge, and the ways that we work evolve, we need to ensure Canadians have the foundational skills to adapt and thrive in any workplace. Through the Skills for Success Program, we’re investing in partners across the country like Workplace Education Manitoba, who are helping to create a strong, skilled and resilient workforce for Canada,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough.