Apprenticeship partnership formed

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The CWB Welding Foundation, Bruce Power, Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB), Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board (BGCDSB) and UA Canada are announcing an innovative partnership to help local youth access apprenticeships and careers.

This collaboration plans to enhance welding education for secondary school students, help lead to good jobs in the welding trade, and develop the skilled welders required to fulfill Bruce Power’s future workforce needs.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to go beyond the classroom and have an authentic experience in a rich learning environment,” said Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board Superintendent of Education Alex Van Wieringen. “Working with the CWB Welding Foundation will provide them with meaningful connections that can support their future career opportunities within the industry.”

This year, the project will benefit more than 650 students from seven participating schools:
Owen Sound District Secondary School (Owen Sound), Walkerton District Community School (Walkerton), Kincardine District Senior School (Kincardine), John Diefenbaker Senior School (Hanover), Sacred Heart High School (Walkerton), Saugeen District Senior School (Port Elgin) and St. Mary’s High School (Owen Sound).

Work is underway to upgrade and modernize welding instruction facilities at the participating schools.

The collaboration represents a total investment of more than $270,000.