Technical and vocational school program in Manitoba are getting a financial boost.

New provincial investments in equipment for technical, vocational and industrial arts programs will help prepare students for jobs and help Manitoba businesses meet a growing demand for skilled workers

Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart was in Brandon Thursday to make the announcement at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School.

“With many of Manitoba’s certified tradespeople retiring in the next decade, businesses throughout our province will be looking for skilled workers,” said Wishart.  “These investments will enable high school students to train with the same equipment used by industry and prepare them to work in their chosen fields when they graduate.”

The Skills Strategy Equipment Enhancement Fund (SSEEF) provides targeted funding to ensure students have access to state-of-the-art equipment to learn the high-demand skills needed to find jobs in Manitoba’s growing economy, the minister said.

“We’re very grateful to the Manitoba government for this investment in the collision repair program at Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School,” said Kevan Sumner, board chair, Brandon School Division. 

“This investment will allow this popular program to install a modern paint booth to ensure students can continue to gain experience on up-to-date equipment that prepares them to enter the workforce with employable skills following graduation.”

The minister noted the funding ensures programming is relevant to current and future labour market needs, and particular emphasis is placed on supporting high school level programs to become accredited by Apprenticeship Manitoba.

Technical vocational and industrial arts students in grades 7 to 12 will benefit from the $1.5-million investment.

Projects receiving funding are:

• $347,453 to Brandon School Division for Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School’s collision repair program;

• $64,925 to Fort La Bosse School Division for Virden Collegiate’s automotive technology program;

• $29,961 to Mountain View School Division for Grandview School’s woodworking program and Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School’s automotive technology and carpentry programs.

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