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Leading-Edge Technology Supports Training in the Trades

December 06, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Virtual reality learning provides enhanced opportunities to develop and deliver skilled trades training

Today, in Winnipeg, Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced that industry and post-secondary institutions will develop and test cutting-edge technology to meet both current and future demands for skilled workers.

The Harper Government is investing $1,012,500 to enable the Centre for Education and Work to design, develop and commercialize haptic, or motion, software and digital simulation hand tools that will be used to replicate manufacturing, welding, and power tooling environments. The funding, provided through the Western Diversification Program, will reduce the cost associated with training skilled workers in order to meet labour market needs.

Quick Facts

  • This new software and technology will be cost-effective for companies, industry associations and post-secondary institutions to use.
  • It will expand computer-based learning by providing immediate feedback to those undergoing training and allow instructors to monitor progress remotely.


Our Government is helping to address critical skills shortages facing industry in Western Canada. Through this investment, the Centre for Education and Work will be able to more effectively train skilled workers so that we can continue to fill available jobs with qualified individuals.

– Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

The Centre for Education and Work has been involved in the development of digital solutions for adult learning for over a decade. In the first phase of the project, we are developing tools to help trainees and students learn how to do MIG welding. In the next two years, we will be developing a number of other applications for industrial use – we will be working with industry partners and post-secondary education to design the tools most helpful for their work.

– Robin Millar, Executive Director, Centre for Education and Work

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Lorne Pelletier
Communications, Winnipeg
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 204-983-6243
Email: lorne.pelletier@wd-deo.gc.ca

Anne Bennett
Centre for Education and Work
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Telephone: 204-781-3368
Email: annebennett@mymts.net

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