The Construction Association of Prince Edward Island (PEI) is receiving close to $1.2 million in federal and provincial funding to introduce 80 young people to careers in the industry over the next three years.
“Our population is aging so workers are retiring – and the buildings and infrastructure are also aging – so construction is a great career because there will always be work,” says Scott Murray, one of the Team Construction program participants. Murray, who aims to become a Red Seal carpenter, said the program is “a good opportunity to get training, to network, and to get a career in the construction industry.”
The federal government is investing more than $890,000 in Skills Link funding to support 60 youth who will benefit from the project. The provincial government has invested nearly $300,000 in funding for the project for 20 additional participants.
Charlottetown MP Sean Casey made the funding announcement in early August on behalf of Patty Hajdu, federal minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
“Investing in Canada’s youth is a priority for our government. This is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country,” Casey said. “These opportunities can help put regular paycheques within reach of those who need it. But more than that, young Islanders will have a chance to change their future.”
These Team Construction participants are currently taking part in construction and safety training in Summerside and Charlottetown and will begin work experiences with local businesses throughout the province starting later in the month..
“As housing starts continue to trend up and commercial construction remains strong — while construction wages are up 8.9 per cent compared to last year — we know a career in construction is a great choice for young Islanders,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said.
“Having a vibrant construction industry will allow us to grow our economy and turn dreams into reality for Islanders now and into the future.”