Assiniboine Community College is offering a 22-week Applied Electrical Installation program with funding incentives available to cover the full cost of tuition, books and supplies.

The program will be held at the college’s Parkland campus in Dauphin beginning September 26.

Funding incentives, made available through CICan’s Unlocking Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, are available for people who are underrepresented in the skilled trades, including women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Additional funding for students, directly from CICan, may be available based on a needs assessment.

“The Applied Electrical Installation certificate program will ensure learners in the parkland region have an opportunity to receive training in a field with in-demand career opportunities and will work to support an industry need for skilled trades workers,” said Kevin Poirier, Dean of Trades at Assiniboine.

“We’re elated that our partners at CICan and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples have come on board to advance this opportunity, striking down a barrier for many of those looking to enter this field. The availability of this funding goes a long way toward transforming lives and strengthening Manitoba.”

The program is accredited by Apprenticeship Manitoba, meaning graduates who meet the requirements and register as an apprentice within two years of finishing the program will receive credit for Level 1 in school training and 900 hours in the Construction, Industrial or Power Electrician apprenticeship program.

While those who meet admission requirements will be accepted into the program on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis, only those who meet CICan’s funding requirements will receive funding.