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Harper Government Supports Training for Skilled Tradespeople

April 12, 2013
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

The electrician apprenticeship program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's (SIAST) Woodland Campus received a boost today, thanks to federal funding announced by Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

"Our Government is focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said MP Hoback. "Through this investment, we are laying the foundation for long-term growth by helping a new generation gain the critical skills they will need to thrive in the workforce."

The Harper Government's investment of $290,000 through the Western Diversification Program will enable SIAST to deliver more apprenticeship training for electricians to meet the strong demand for skilled labour in Saskatchewan's booming resource and construction industries.

"SIAST has seen a tremendous increase in demand for apprenticeship training. In the past five years, for instance, we have more than doubled electrician apprentice enrolment," says Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST's president and CEO. "This latest investment by the federal government allows us to add the equipment necessary for Level 4 apprentices to finish their training in Prince Albert."

Additional equipment purchased with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)'s investment will enable SIAST to expand its electrician program at its Woodland Campus. This means that electrical apprentices in Saskatchewan will now have the opportunity to take levels 1 through 4 of their training at either the SIAST Woodland Campus, or SIAST Palliser Campus in Moose Jaw.

Six electrical stations, as well as 12 programmable logic controllers, high-voltage meters and circuit boards will be installed at SIAST Woodland Campus in time for a new group of fourth-level apprentices to enroll in the fall term. This will prepare SIAST apprentices to work in a skilled workforce, while meeting the needs of employers in Saskatchewan.

SIAST is Saskatchewan's primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and innovation. Through program and course registrations, SIAST serves 26,000 distinct students with programs that touch every sector of the economy. SIAST operates campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and provides a number of courses and programs through distance education.

The Harper Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and their personal financial security.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For additional information, contact:

Joanne Mysak
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification
Telephone: 306-975-5942
Email: joanne.mysak@wd.gc.ca

Clayton Cunningham
Marketing and Communications
SIAST
Telephone: 306-765-1653
Cell: 306-961-3036
Email: cunninghamc@siast.sk.ca

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