Our Initiatives

We're focused on 6 key areas

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Elementary

The CWA Foundation will seek ways to engage students at the Elementary School level in the opportunities that exist in the welding industry. This will ensure that elementary school students are exposed to these opportunities prior to course selection for high school, which typically is the first opportunity students have for hands-on welding instruction.

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Secondary

Secondary students who wish to pursue an apprenticeship or post-secondary education in welding are invited to apply through our student awards program. In addition, we fund all secondary schools in Canada with personal protective equipment through our National Initiative. Equipment support for secondary schools is supported through our secondary school equipment program.

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Post-Secondary

The CWA Foundation provides support through student awards for Secondary School students to attend post-secondary studies in welding. The Foundation encourages students to continue their studies and re-apply each year of their post-secondary welding education. Our goal is to ensure that students are given the necessary support to complete their programs and move towards apprenticeship or employment in the welding trade.

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Open Doors

Women in Trades
Finding ways to engage and encourage women to consider a career in the trades is growing in popularity at educational institutions all across Canada. The Foundation will seek to support women in welding trades programs.

At-Risk Youth
The CWA Foundation will seek opportunities to support at-risk youth through programs that will help to build confidence, teach new skills, and ultimately provide hope and direction.

Indigenous
The CWA Foundation will seek opportunities to support Indigenous groups through our programs and awards.

 

 

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Skills Canada

CWA Foundation has been supporting Skills Canada since 2014. Skills Canada provides a platform for skilled trade’s welding students to showcase their talents, learn from peers, and achieve recognition that will help advance them in their future. CWA Foundation is proud to advocate and support young welders in Canada through our support for Skills Canada.

Each year, CWA Foundation attends Provincial Skills Competitions and hosts celebratory recognition luncheons for all welding competitors, their coaches and their parents. This provides the Foundation the opportunity to let students know about the student awards programs and other initiatives available to support them on their welding education journey. Support for Skills Canada competitors at the national level also includes an awards luncheon.

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Applied Research

The CWA Foundation provides Applied Research funding to support scientific study and research, typically at the post-secondary level, that seeks to solve practical problems in welding.