The Canadian Welding Association’s CWA Foundation teamed up with the Liberty for Youth group in March to help at risk youth by providing hands-on experience in welding.
Youth from the Hamilton area toured CWB’s head office and the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Advanced Welding Technology Centre in Milton, ON to learn how about welding.
“We’re very pleased to be collaborating with such a great organization like Liberty for Youth and helping at risk youth understand the vast career possibilities in the Canadian welding industry,” says Deborah Mates, Director of the CWA Foundation. “I truly hope this sparks their interest and provides them with the inspiration that there is an alternative to a better life. Today’s youth are the next generation – we need to ensure we provide them with the tools necessary to succeed.”
Youth ages 14-19 tested their skills on a virtual welding simulator that mimics numerous hands-on welding processes and techniques. They also learned about career options in the welding industry.
The CWA Foundation was created last year to support public safety awareness and to address the skilled labour shortage in the welding trade. The Foundation’s mission is to fund education and research to ensure the Canadian welding industry has the human resources and the technology to compete in the global marketplace.