UBC Canadian District receives funding to support first-year apprentices
By MRO staffIndustry Manufacturing Canadian District diverse eliminate barriers equitable first-year apprentices inclusive workplace United Brotherhood of Carpenters
United Brotherhood of Carpenters Canadian District launched a two-year, $37-million program funded by the government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service to provide support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Canadian construction and manufacturing trades. The goal to help them hire new, first-year apprentices needing a leg-up to begin careers in the skilled trades.
“As the demand for skilled trade workers outpace the need in our country, it’s critical that we do everything we can to recruit and retain the next generation,” said Jason Rowe, VP, UBC Canadian District. “The UBC is working hard to eliminate barriers and provide an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace for all Canadians. This program supports small businesses by equipping them with the necessary tools and resources to help apprentices succeed.”
This funding enables SMEs to hire up to two new first-year apprentices per year. Under the program, SMEs can receive up to $5,000 for every new first year apprentice they hire and an additional $5,000 if that apprentice identifies as a person from an equity group such as women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, including LGBTQ2 and Black communities.