Trades Alberta: Pipe trades training key piece of union’s work

The Edmonton Journal recently reported on pipe trades training and interviewed UA Local 488’s Business Manager Larry Matychuk.

Brother Matychuk talked about the Alberta Pipe Trades College as an integral part of training in the region. The 50,000-square-foot school has been operating since April 2009 and provides a key training component to UA members in Edmonton. “This is really the heart of it. It’s all about the training,” Matychuk said. read more…

New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today

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Ottawa — The brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications today, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“The new Skilled Trades Program will address serious labour shortages that some regions of the country are facing, and will help grow Canada’s economy,” said Minister Kenney. “These long-overdue changes are part of the government’s plan to build a fast and flexible immigration system that is responsive to the needs of Canada’s economy. Canadian employers have long been asking for ways to get the skilled tradespeople they need to meet demands in many industries across the country. We’ve listened to their concerns and created this program in response.” read more…