Nearly 100 people packed a room at Assiniboine Community College’s Victoria Avenue East campus last night for Premier Greg Selinger’s skills training and jobs opportunities tour.
Selinger told those in attendance that with new trades being invented all the time, there’s a "no wrong doors approach" when it comes to education and job opportunities.
"There’s a lot of business going on in this part of Manitoba, southwestern Manitoba," Selinger said. "Even though we’ve had this horrible flood experience this spring ... we got over 30 bridges we got to rebuild and we need skilled engineers and technicians to rebuild roads."
Selinger touted good wages and opportunities to start businesses as just a few reasons to join the skilled trades.
"We are building in Manitoba," he said. "We’re building schools, we’re building colleges, we’re improving our universities.
"Just about every time I come here I have to bring my wallet," he added with a smile.
Selinger said additions to the skilled trades include outdoor power technicians, industrial welders, water and waste technicians and utility crane operators.
"There’s a lot of changes going on in the existing trades and there’s new trades," he added.
Selinger was joined by Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum and Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald, who were on hand to answer questions from the crowd.
Allum said the purpose of the gathering was to provide those in attendance with information about apprenticeships, employment opportunities and about the trades.
Today, ACC and Brandon University will sign a memorandum of understanding to help increase student mobility and ease the transfer of credits between the institutions.
The agreement will also help provide "a seamless system of education and training opportunities," Selinger said.
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