Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Newfoundland Invests $1.5 million In Skills Training

Skilled Trades

The Sector Skills training program helps Newfoundlanders and new Canadians learn skills needed in today’s workforce.

The Newfoundland government has announced that it will invest $1.5 million in the province’s Sector Skills Training program. The program is designed to help regional residents and new Canadians develop their skills in order to meet shortfalls in the current labour market.

“Sector Skills is preparing women and men for specific jobs in sectors where there is a demonstrated demand,” said Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Joan Shea.

The 12-week program provides both in-class training and on-the-job experience, and is being offered by the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s, Carbonear, Clarenville, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Corner Brook and Stephenville.

“Sector Skills represents a unique partnership between College of the North Atlantic, the Provincial Government and employers,” said Ann Marie Vaughan, president and chief executive officer of the College of the North Atlantic.

“We are excited to deliver a program at our campuses that will help individuals improve employment prospects and deliver a potential workforce to meet the needs of employers.”

Participants in the program can develop their skills in a number of areas, including retail sales, food services and building maintenance. All graduates receive a certificate of completion, and certifications for Standard First Aid, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMS) and Back Injury Prevention.

Colleges mentioned: College of the North Atlantic

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