Manitoba’s Technical Vocation Initiative getting $6.4 million in new funding
By Anthony Capkun
March 13, 2011
Manitoba’s Technical Vocation Initiative (TVI) will be invigorated with over $6.4 million in new funding to help give students the tools and skills they need to meet the growing demand for workers who possess technical vocational skills, said Premier Greg Selinger.
“With the economic recovery underway, the need for skilled labour will become even more pressing. Today, we are investing over $6.4 million to help prepare our students to meet those demands and challenges.”
The premier said the four-year program initiative will build on the success already achieved through TVI and expand to new focus areas including: increasing technical-vocational education opportunities and access to northern and remote communities; ensuring a sustainability focus including green technologies, and alternative and renewable energy sources that will focus on programming in energy-efficient and sustainable technologies with emphasis on geothermal, biomass, solar and wind; and continuing to work closely with education and industry partners to ensure curriculum will be directly related to world- class, cutting-edge resources for students and professional staff.
In addition, targeted equipment upgrades will be made to ensure students are working with the most current, state-of-the art equipment, the premier noted.
“Since TVI’s inception in 2004, we have seen an astounding 324% enrolment increase in the High School Apprenticeship Option. That tells me that we are on the right track. We are developing and supporting programs and initiatives that keep our youth interested, in school and with a keen eye on their future careers,” Selinger said.