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College of Welland students and a group of homebuilders raise $1.2 million to help build future homes

By Don Redmond

Published on April 19, 2022 at 2:47 p.m.

North Carolina Trades School sophomores (with hard hats) stand with North Carolina President Sean Kennedy, NHBA CEO Chuck McShane, Secretary Monte McNaughton , Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff and Welland Mayor Frank Campion following an announcement at the College’s Welland Campus Walker Advanced. Manufacturing Center on April 19. (Photo: Niagara College)

A homebuilders’ association and students who will themselves be future homebuilders met today (April 19) at Niagara College’s Welland campus.

Reason had that solid foundation that every home needs. The Niagara Home Builders’ Association (NHBA) and construction students were all present when Monte McNaughton, the provincial Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, landed in Welland with a check for $1.2 million. .

This was a financial incentive for builders and students to help meet the demand for skilled workers in the homebuilding industry, an area that may face a shortage in the near future as housing demand will increase.

“Across our province, we continue to see a shortage of workers in the skilled trades, for many lifelong careers that pay six figures with defined benefits and pensions,” McNaughton said of the grant from The provincial skills development.

“That’s why our government is making strategic investments to provide hands-on training and paid internships to enthusiastic job seekers in Niagara, connecting them with local employers in their community who are ready to hire,” added McNaughton.

The province is expected to build 1.5 million homes over the next 10 years. So NHBA and Niagara College are working together to help fill the skills gap in the construction industry and the trades.

Provincial funding will support the delivery of a tailored construction training program – hands-on training through the college’s Trades School followed by an eight-week paid work placement – ​​for people who were unable to continue a career in the trades due to financial or other barriers.

“This program will allow NHBA and Niagara College to develop and train students with the skills they need to be job-ready to build a stable career,” said NHBA President Richard Lawrence. “while filling the void of the 100,000 workers our industry needs over the next decade.

Niagara College President Sean Kennedy, expressing his gratitude for the funding, said, “Today’s investment by the province supports our important role in working closely with industry partners to address the current and future needs of employers.

The college recently launched a construction and maintenance electrician program and a general carpenter program.

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