The New Brunswick government is investing $50,000 in Helmets to Hardhats Canada, a not-for-profit organization that provides apprenticeship training to current or former members of the Armed Forces or Reserves who are seeking a civilian career.
"This program complements our efforts to support apprenticeship in New Brunswick," said Premier David Alward. "Our Labour Force and Skills Development Strategy already highlights work being done to attract teens into the trades through the New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program, as well as efforts to implement a women-in-trades program. Providing financial support to help our veterans move into a trade will help us address the increasing demand for skilled trade workers in New Brunswick.”
The program is an opportunity for members of the military as well as unions, contractors, owners and associations within Canada's building, construction and maintenance industries to match employment needs with potential employment openings.
"This program will help veterans, especially our younger veterans, make the transition from military service to good jobs in the skilled trades, where we need more workers," said Brian Macdonald, legislative secretary to the premier for intergovernmental affairs and military affairs. "The west-to-east pipeline, oil and gas development as well as mining are going to grow our economy. We will need skilled workers to continue building New Brunswick. Our veterans should be part of that prosperity."
This initiative is funded under the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Development Agreement.
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