Canada's New Government supporting aviation and aerospace work force

    GASPE, QC, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honorable Christian Paradis,
Secretary of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for
Mégantic-L'Erable, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, today announced that Canada's New
Government will ensure that the Canadian aviation and aerospace industry meets
today's stringent safety standards by working with the Canadian Aviation
Maintenance Council with funding through the Sector Council Program.
    "Canada's New Government is taking action to ensure that Canada has the
best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world," said
Secretary of State Paradis. "By investing more than $2 million in new safety
training tools and learning content for the aviation and aerospace industry,
we are helping nearly 150 000 Canadians who work in the industry meet the
demands of today's safety standards."
    The aviation and aerospace sector is a highly regulated, high technology
sector that is constantly changing and requires a well-trained, knowledgeable
work force that can change with it. In Canada and much of the world, the air
travel industry is undergoing a restructuring due to the implementation of
Safety Management Systems (SMS). Safety Management Systems are a new and
promising means of preventing accidents in the aviation industry. SMS take a
pro-active approach to safety by involving everyone in the process, from the
mechanics in the hanger, to the pilots in the cockpit, to the executives in
the boardroom; everyone is responsible for safety.
    Implementing SMS requires new skills at all levels, and today's announced
funding of more than $2 million from the Government of Canada will provide the
groundwork to ensure that the required training will take place and that
Canada's aviation and aerospace industry meets these demanding safety
    "The aviation and aerospace industry in Canada continues to grow and
provide a safe product to Canadians and the world," said Mr. Bill Zoeller,
Executive Director of the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC). "We
are, however, facing some serious challenges in meeting the industry's demand
for a highly skilled work force. Technological advances and evolving safety
regulations require well-trained, specialized and sophisticated employees in
all technical and management positions. Today's announced funding will allow
CAMC to work effectively with government and industry in providing solutions
to meet this demand."
    Sector councils play a vital role in helping to strengthen the labour
market, thereby contributing to the productivity and competitiveness of the
economy and the standard of living of all Canadians. They bring together
governments, business, labour and educational stakeholders in key sectors to
share ideas, concerns and perspectives about work force issues. Canada's
sector councils have been successful at meeting emerging skills requirements,
addressing skills and labour shortages, and building essential skills in the
workplace as a foundation for continuous learning.

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