Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

More workers taking specialized training (08/09/08)

NB 1281

Sept. 8, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Another 48 New Brunswickers will benefit from scaffolding training provided by the New Brunswick Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers. This is due to a provincial investment of up to $173,000 announced today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty.

"We want New Brunswickers to be prepared for future construction projects here in our province, such as the development of the energy hub," said Doherty. "Our partnership with the regional council is another example of how we can work together to achieve our goal of self-sufficiency, as outlined in the Charter for Change."

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour is providing support for tuition and other training-related costs for 48 participants through the Training and Skills Development (TSD) program. The eight-week course is taking place in Bathurst and Saint John.

Since January, the provincial government has collaborated with the regional council as well as the Labourers' Training Institute of New Brunswick to provide training to 362 New Brunswickers through the TSD program.

"Providing New Brunswickers with the training they need to stay competitive in the workforce is an important part of our strategy of helping the province's labour force be engaged and be successful," said Doherty. "I am proud that we have been able to provide training to more than 350 union members through our TSD program this year, and I look forward to future partnerships with the regional council and other trades organizations."

The TSD program provides assistance to eligible unemployed individuals requiring training to return to long-term employment. To receive training assistance, individuals are evaluated and then selected through a case management process.

The program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick through the Canada New Brunswick Labour Market Development Agreement. For more information on the TSD program, contact the local Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour office.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.

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