New funding announced by the province on Wednesday will invest in programs linking students to careers in trades.
“Training in trades means access to better jobs and with the Skill Build program we’ll help more students get valuable hands-on learning opportunities and get ready to make the transition to trades training,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan during an announcement at Tec Voc High School. “Bringing more technical vocational programming into our classrooms in rural communities will allow students to learn and contribute to their local community and economy.”
Over the next two years, the Manitoba government will provide $200,000 to rural and northern school divisions to upgrade their facilities and buy new equipment such as plasma cutters, small-engine diagnostic equipment and welding simulators.
The province has a goal of adding 75,000 more workers to the labour force by 2020.