Scholarship program at Oakville college will prepare new generation of skilled trades workers


Published February 10, 2023 at 11:17 am

The Schulich Foundation announced a game-changing program, Schulich Builders, a scholarship program dedicated to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. PEXELS PHOTO

Sheridan College, with campuses in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton, is taking part in a “game-changing” scholarship program that will help combat the shortage of skilled trades workers in Canada.

The local education facility is one of 10 colleges that will benefit from the Schulich Foundation’s financially backed Schulich Builders program dedicated to students pursuing a career in skilled trade.

With more than $3 million committed by Schulich in the first year alone, Sheridan will receive $300,000 in support to award 10 annual scholarships of up to $40,000 per student.

Five $20,000 scholarships will awarded for one-year certificate programs, with another five $40,000 scholarships being granted for two-year diploma programs.

The money will help students cover their tuition, tools and living expenses.

“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing this rewarding career path,” said Judy Schulich, Director Schulich Foundation.

“Canadians rely heavily on the trades to build and maintain infrastructure critical for prosperous communities.  Our challenge today is not having enough of these talented people to meet the demand.”

Priority will be given to students nominated by their high school. Students may also apply directly through participating colleges that also include Centennial, Fanshawe, Algonquin, George Brown, Mohawk, Conestoga, Durham, Humber and Loyalist.

The creation of the program comes at a time when the province is looking at ways to deal with a housing shortage and bolster a skilled workforce to build much-needed roads, highways, schools and hospitals for a growing population.

“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

“With Schulich Foundation’s skilled trade scholarship program, they are helping to attract and prepare a new generation of skilled trades workers here in Ontario for better jobs and bigger paycheques.”

The Schulich Foundation is one Canada’s largest foundations, having donated over $359 million.

Further info about the scholarship program is available by visiting here.

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