Ottawa, Tłı̨chǫ Government make national headlines with partnership for new apprentices
The federal government is committing more than $2.4 million to create 30 new apprenticeships in the Northwest Territories' Tłı̨chǫ region, the Canadian Press reported this week.
The Tłı̨chǫ Trades Apprenticeship Program is meant to support SMEs in the region to hire, train and retain first-year apprentices in eligible trades over the next two years.
That includes carpenters, drywall finishers, heavy equipment operators, sheet metal workers and welders.
Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Jackson Lafferty says these trades are needed in the area, particularly in the most isolated communities.
A 2021 report by BuildForce Canada says the construction industry needs more than 309,000 new workers over the next decade to replace retirees and keep up with demand.
The Tłı̨chǫ Government's 2022 to 2027 economic development and training strategy says 26 per cent of the region's population is unemployed. It identifies skilled trades, natural resources and renewable energy and several services as priority training areas.
The GNWT provides additional supports for those interested in beginning their Apprenticeship training. Employment and Social Development Canada's website is also an excellent resource for information on apprenticeships.