OTTAWA, Nov. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The United Brotherhood of Carpenters' and Joiners of America, Local 93 & Local 2041 put shovels in the ground today to kick off the construction of their new state-of-the-art training centre.
The 65,000 sq. foot facility to be built in Kanata will be a new, ultramodern skilled trades training and education facility for carpentry, interior systems, flooring, scaffold and other areas.
The new training centre will offer expanded training programs and will provide centralized and seamless training for all apprentices and journeypersons by bringing both locals under one roof.
"Creating training opportunities for skilled tradespeople is critical if we are to keep up with industry demand," said Rod Thompson, President, Local 93 and Eastern Region Coordinator. "We are very excited to be building this new facility in Ottawa. It will ensure that our skilled workers remain on the cutting edge of their trades by receiving the highest level of training possible."
Construction is booming in the Ottawa region and with statistics showing that more than 230,000 construction workers will retire over the next decade, it's essential that the shortage of skilled workers be addressed.
Deputy Mayor of Ottawa Mark Taylor and Ottawa City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Ward 4, Kanata North, joined members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters' and Joiners of America today in the groundbreaking ceremony.
"The city of Ottawa relies on attracting and retaining tradespeople with the latest skills and training," said Deputy Mayor of Ottawa, Mark Taylor. "Training people locally not only creates rewarding long-term employment but it helps us become a more dynamic and prosperous city."
About the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario
The Carpenters' District Council of Ontario ("CDC") is composed of 16 affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. In total, we represent over 24,000 men and women working in a wide range of areas, including carpentry, interior systems, flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffold and a long list of other construction-related work. Indeed, because of our up-to-date apprenticeship and training programs there are very few construction-related jobs outside the scope of the Carpenters' Union. In addition, our union represents many industrial workers and thousands of highly skilled workers in Ontario's health care sector. Learn more at http://www.thecarpentersunion.ca/
SOURCE Carpenters' District Council of Ontario
Image with caption: "United Brotherhood of Carpenters' and Joiners of America joined by Ottawa Deputy Mayor at groundbreaking ceremony for their new state-of-the-art training centre. Left to right: Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the Carpenters' District Council of Ontario; Jim Smith, Vice President Canada, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Ottawa City Councillor Marianne Wilkinson, Ward 4, Kanata North; Ottawa Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor; Dan Bard, President Local 2041; Rod Thompson, President Local 93. (CNW Group/Carpenters' District Council of Ontario)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151119_C7874_PHOTO_EN_549881.jpg
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