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Skills training for newcomers

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, met with Vic Gerden, CEO of West Canitest R&D (WestCaRD) and Ken Webb, Executive Director of Manitoba Aerospace, to discuss plans to ensure Canadians have the skills in demand in today’s economy. 

Kenney, MP Bateman,  Gerden and Webb were touring the GE Aviation Engine Testing Research and Development Centre in Winnipeg.

More than 50 per cent of employment in Canada’s aerospace industry is comprised of occupations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

Kenney highlighted the importance of encouraging Canadians to pursue careers in high-demand STEM occupations to help ensure their own success, as well as the continued growth of key industries, such as aerospace.
He noted several supports provided by the government, including $40 million over two years to support up to 3,000 paid internships for post-secondary graduates in high-demand fields. 

Canada is also taking steps to provide more information to youth on the job prospects and benefits of working in the skilled trades and STEM occupations.

Canada is taking action to help Canadians connect with jobs through a variety of initiatives. 

These include introducing the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Apprentice Loan and apprenticeship grants.

A few quick facts:
In 2013, the Canadian aerospace industry contributed close to $28 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product and over 170,000 jobs to the Canadian economy.
In 2012, Canada announced an investment of $5 million to enable WestCaRD to broaden and advance the aerospace industry and manufacturing in Manitoba by developing new technologies and research capabilities. In 2013, it invested an additional $1 million for the purchase of an advanced aerospace handling workstation and testing equipment.
Joyce Bateman said, “Our government’s investment in skills training will equip companies like this with workers that have the skills and expertise to help them grow.”

“Fostering the development of the highly skilled technical workforce needed to globally compete in the development and certification testing, maintenance and repair of the world’s most advanced turbine engines is one of our objectives,” said Vic Gerden, CEO of WestCaRD. “The investment will create jobs and help build a skilled workforce for the aerospace sector to contribute to the economy.”

Posted: Sep 1, 2014

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