For the company’s commitment to apprenticeship and workforce development, Apprentice Manitoba presented the Urban Employer of the Year Award to Arcweld Industries Inc. during the 11th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction gala on Nov. 2.
Each year, Apprentice Manitoba gives Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction to employers, journeypersons and instructors who have significantly contributed to Manitoba’s apprenticeship and certification system. Awards are given in three categories: urban (Winnipeg), rural Manitoba (outside Winnipeg area) and corporate (rural or urban company with over 100 employees).
The Employer of the Year is required to meet the following criteria: demonstrate support for the Manitoba apprenticeship and certification system, encourage success of apprentices, provide an environment that encourages excellence, and contributes to the diversity of the trades sector.
Arcweld Industries was founded in 1982 by Ron and Linda Cwiak. Both are supporters of apprentices and the apprenticeship program at the Iron Workers (IW) Local 728 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They have served on ironworker and welder provincial advisory committees and IW Local 728’s Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
The Cwiaks have also supported the IW Outstanding Apprentice Competitions since it started. Ron Cwiak serves as a judge in the welding category. They travel across North America, participating in trade fairs and advocating the IW apprenticeship program.
“We want to give apprentices a solid foundation, so journeymen can become masters of their trade. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing apprentices progress through the program and apply that knowledge to gain practical experience in the field,” said Linda Cwiak.
“… Ironworkers and welders owe them a wealth of gratitude for their tireless and diligent participation throughout the years,” said IW Local 728 president Barry Chetyrbok. “… I can think of no one more deserving of the honor of being named Employer of the Year.”