Assiniboine Community College is planning to extend its partnership with Conestoga College to deliver an additional tuition-free welding program in Brandon starting July 19.
In a Friday news release from the college, associate dean Kevin Poirier said the school is excited to continue this initiative, which gives students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge before beginning a career in the trades.
"This program supports Assiniboine’s commitment to offering quality programs responsive to Manitoba’s labour market while meeting industry and community needs," he said.
Friday’s news release went on to reveal this new welding project, funded through the federal government’s Skilled Trades Awareness Readiness program, will include hands-on, in-school training for 25 weeks, plus an eight-week paid work placement. This program is designed specifically for those wishing to work toward a Red Seal in the apprenticeship certification process.
Selection into this program will focus on engaging certain groups, women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities and those currently underemployed, the college noted in the release.
Even though this program is set to take place on the school’s North Hill campus, college officials maintain that safety measures will be established to keep students safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Assiniboine Community College originally announced the creation of this tuition-free welding program in January 2020, with the eight-month initiative scheduled to commence in August of that year.
To learn more information about this latest program, including how to apply, visit assiniboine.net/welding-tuitionfree.
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