BAC Local 1 Newfoundland and Labrador Receives $2.4 Million Federal Funding
When it comes to diversity in the building trades, Newfoundland and Labrador is well ahead of other provinces in Canada. On May 24th, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, NL announced that BAC Local 1 Newfoundland and Labrador is receiving $2.4 million federal funding for its education and training program.
As a result of this investment, more apprentices will be able to develop their skills, complete their training and find good, well-paying jobs. “The funding not only gets more people interested in the trades looking into the trades as careers, but also helps keeping craftworkers currently in the trades stay and allowing them to upgrade their skills to be specialized in their fields,” said McDonald.
In addition to the training funding, BAC also receives funding to purchase equipment and better train apprentices. BAC Local 1 NL Business Manager John Leonard said, “We’ve been focusing on diversity for many years now… we have over 70 women craftworkers in our Local right now. With this funding, we are hoping to get more indigenous people to our union and skilled trades training.”