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IBEW Local 105 secures funding to upskill Red Seal electricians for welding, and train 80 recruits

July 2, 2024 | By Anthony Capkun

July 2, 2024 – IBEW Local 105 in Hamilton, Ont., is receiving nearly $2.4 million from the Province of Ontario for two training projects.

“Through the continued support of the Ontario government and the Skills Development Fund, [IBEW] Local 105 can successfully enhance our members skill sets, recruit individuals from diverse backgrounds, sustain ongoing education and meet the ever-evolving demands of the skilled trades,” said James Bonnell, business manager.

This is the local’s share of $3.6 million in new spending through the province’s Skills Development Fund (SDF).

The funding of $2,388,405 earmarked for Local 105 will go toward training projects that aim to help a total of 80 unemployed or underemployed, disadvantaged or underrepresented people gain entry-level electrical skills and safety training, as well as Red Seal electricians looking to upskill and obtain their welding certificate in Hamilton and the surrounding area.

“Some of our training projects would not be possible without these crucial resources and support that Minister [David] Piccini has offered,” said Bonnell. “We look forward to working with Minister Piccini on some key issues facing our skilled trades, mainly the enforcement of compulsory electrical work being performed by Red Seal electricians and registered apprentices.”

According to the Premier’s Office, the province will require over 14,600 additional electricians and over 9000 additional welders over the next decade due to retirements and job growth. Roughly 11,800 of these jobs are expected to be located in Central Ontario.

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