CWA Foundation Enhancing Welding Programs

CWA Foundation Enhancing Welding Programs

Recently the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Founda­tion donated $150,000 to the Halton Learning Foundation during a cheque presentation at the Georgetown District High School’s Manufacturing lab to enhance welding programs and education for schools within the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

“This investment is intended to enhance welding programs and education at HDSB and then serve as a model for support to other school boards across Canada. What we learn from these initiatives will be applied to improving welding educa­tion at other high schools,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “I’m very pleased with this partnership with the Halton Learning Foundation because of the direct, positive impact it will have on students who want to pursue a career in the welding profession.”

The $150,000 donation; $75,000 in direct funding and $75,000 in-kind, will be disbursed over three years to the Hal­ton Learning Foundation towards new welding equipment , enhanced welding education curriculum, teacher training and a special fund called “Barriers” which will provide personal safety equipment and other necessary items needed in order for them to participate in the welding programs. Many stu­dents are limited in their participation due to a lack of finan­cial support.

“On behalf of the Halton Learning Foundation, we’d like to express our thanks to the CWA Foundation for becoming our new partner - we are very grateful for their multi-year commitment to supporting students pursuing welding programs and careers,” said Lesley Mansfield, Executive Director of the Halton Learn­ing Foundation. “It’s wonderful to be working with the team from the Foundation and I know that their support will bene­fit our students for years to come. We are looking forward to a great relationship.”

In Canada, welding is a high demand trade, one that is critical for the success of many major development projects across the country. The welding industry contributes over $5 billion to the Canadian economy and employs over 300,000 individu­als. However, Canada faces a shortage of highly trained weld­ers, with the average age nearing 60.