Mohawk College-led group gets $46.5M to help build more-qualified workforce
Published February 22, 2023 at 1:11 pm
A progressive coalition led by Mohawk College in Hamilton received a $46.5 million grant from the Canadian government to promote innovation and better-prepare students for low-carbon industries.
Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery consists of 15 colleges across the country. Born during the COVID-19 pandemic, its mandate is to bridge the skills gap and ensure students can keep up with the changing Canadian economy.
The announcement was made in Hamilton on Wednesday at Mohawk’s Fennel campus.
“The transition to the new low-carbon economy will demand a well-trained workforce, and Canada’s colleges and aligned institutions are well-equipped to develop and deliver the programs to prepare people for those exciting new careers,” said Ron J. McKerlie, President and CEO of Mohawk College.
“The Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery coalition has developed Quick Train Canada to provide Canadians with a direct link to thousands of training and research opportunities to help Canadians access good jobs. We are excited to support the transition to the low carbon economy while fostering inclusion, diversity, and equity throughout the process.”
Quick Train Canada is expected to provide Canadian workers and employers with options to update skills quickly, increasing job security and participation as Canada’s economy transitions to more sustainable, low-carbon practices. The program is government-funded and free to new and prospective students, as well as experienced tradespersons looking to upgrade their skills.
More than 25 micro-credentials are available in varying areas, including evolving green construction techniques, sustainable manufacturing, clean-tech, and electric vehicles. They are so offered in various formats, including hybrid, in-person, online at your own pace, or online-scheduled.
Today, on behalf of Minister @CQualtro, I announced $46.5M for the Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery – led by @MohawkCollege in Hamilton. This program will focus on developing training solutions to help workers transition to a net-zero emissions economy. pic.twitter.com/d03FUznjLh
— Filomena Tassi (@FilomenaTassi) February 22, 2023
“As Canada strives to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions target, there will be significant demand for professionals skilled in green building design, construction and deep-carbon retrofits,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council.
“With jobs in the sector poised to grow to 1.5 million by 2030, access to training for existing workers or new entrants to the sector is critical. Quick Train Canada can play an important role by making training accessible to more Canadians and help grow the workforce needed for the low-carbon economy.”
The list of available micro-credentials can be found online at quicktraincanada.ca/microcredentials.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising