Carpenters Union receives $37 million for SME apprenticeship funding support

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The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) Canadian District says it has received $37 million from the federal government for the Apprenticeship Services Program (ASP) to support Small and Medium Enterprises with apprenticeship training over the next two years.

The union said in a recent statement that the funding will enabled approved SMEs to hire up to two new first year apprentices per year.

“Under the Apprenticeship Services Program (ASP), SMEs can receive up to $5,000 for every ew first year apprentice they hire and an additional $5,000 if that apprentice identifies as a person from an equity deserving group such as women, indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, racialized communities including Black Canadians, and LGBTQ2.”

“In addition to financial supports, the ASP will provide assistance and help employers navigate the apprenticeship system, onboard new apprentices and set up the appropriate workplace training,” the statement said.

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