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

Ontario investing in welder training for fast-growing Milton

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CWB's Welder Competency Assessment and Skills Training (WCAST) program will provide full-cycle support to newcomers and other underrepresented groups in their pursuit of a career in the welding and joining industry in Ontario. PHOTO courtesy Lincoln Electric.

The Ontario government is partnering with CWB Group-Industry Services and investing $551,000 to deliver a welder training program for underrepresented groups, including women, youth, newcomers, people with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples in the fast-growing Milton area.

“As Milton’s population grows four times faster than the provincial average, our government is working with labour and industry partners to open up new training and apprenticeship opportunities for local workers and jobseekers,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. This brings Ontario’s total investment in Milton training projects through the fund to over $20 million.

There were nearly 107,500 jobs recently going unfilled in the Greater Toronto Area, and nearly 214,000 jobs were recently going unfilled across the province. The population in Milton grew by 20.7 per cent between 2016 and 2021, compared to the provincial average of 5.8 per cent.

“Thanks to the generous support of Premier Doug Ford and Minister Piccini, the Welder Competency Assessment and Skills Training (WCAST) program will provide full-cycle support to newcomers and other underrepresented groups in their pursuit of a career in the welding and joining industry in Ontario,” said Doug Luciani President and CEO, CWB Group.

Luciani said WCAST expands on the CWB Group’s Welder Competency and Credential Assessment (WCCA) program by not only assessing an applicant’s knowledge in welding against Canadian standards, but also providing them the learning and training opportunities required for their targeted needs.

“This program will help address the labour needs of Ontario’s welding industry, while also providing meaningful opportunities for newcomers and other individuals in the province,” Luciani said.

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