Manitoba invests in new facility to train Aboriginal workers

Meant to address skilled labour shortages, increase competitiveness
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/27/2011

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $732,400 towards a new facility to train Aboriginal workers for skilled jobs in Manitoba's manufacturing and transportation industries.

Funding under the Canada-Manitoba Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA) will be used to establish the Neeginan Industrial Manufacturing and Reprocessing Centre, part of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) in Winnipeg.

"By investing in this centre, our government is promoting valuable training opportunities for Aboriginal youth, while ensuring that Manitoba's manufacturers have the skilled workers they need to compete in the global marketplace," said Vic Toews, minister of public safety, on behalf of Lynne Yelich, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification.

The investment will help the centre address skilled labour shortages by providing increased training opportunities in the industrial manufacturing and transportation sectors, said the Manitoba government. This will help increase both sectors' ability to remain competitive in global markets and support the business community.

This WEPA funding will assist with expanding an existing CAHRD facility and purchase training equipment that meets training standards for both the manufacturing and transportation industries.

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