CWAF Applauds Nova Scotia financial commitment for trades training

CWAF Applauds Nova Scotia financial commitment for trades training

The Canadian Welding Association Foundation (CWAF) applauds the Government of Nova Scotia for its commitment to cover tuition for trades training.

“This is a forward thinking decision by the Government of Nova Scotia that will provide long term benefits for the trades’ landscape in the province,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the Canadian Welding Association Foundation. “We are supportive of this investment because it will assist with the shortage of skilled welders in Nova Scotia.”

There are roughly 2,200 apprentices each year in Nova Scotia and this initiative will cost $1.3 million annually.

The cost to study welding at the post-secondary level varies, but can hinder an aspiring welder’s future goals, as part of the CWAF’s mandate, they have several financial awards programs to assist with tuition.

“In order to mitigate the current trend where the average age of a welder in Canada is 47, all stakeholders – government, industry and organizations like the CWAF need to work collaboratively together,” said Mates. “Covering the tuition for welder apprentices is the right step in the right direction. The Canadian Welding Association Foundation is here in any way to provide support.”

For more information about CWAF’s awards program visit our website.

About the Canadian Welding Association Foundation

The CWA Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.