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Throne Speech Commits $60 Million for New Skilled Trades Centre

November 19, 2012

Manitoba’s construction trades sector is poised for growth thanks to a provincial government investment of $60 million toward development of a new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre at Red River College.

The commitment was confirmed in today’s Provincial Speech from the Throne.

“We know industry needs significantly more skilled workers to keep up with the growth of the Manitoba economy, but our aging infrastructure hampers our ability to respond adequately,” said Stephanie Forsyth, President of Red River College. “Today’s announcement lets us begin planning in earnest for a brand-new facility that features state-of-the-art industrial and learning technologies. We appreciate the government’s foresight in making this strategic investment.”

When completed, the centre will allow Red River College to create a central hub for all construction trades training at the Notre Dame Campus, enhance programming using new technology and collaborative work spaces, and expand capacity in high priority programs like carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

Forsyth also pledged RRC’s support for a planned Provincial Skills Summit, and noted that the government’s goal to expand Manitoba’s labour force by engaging more Aboriginal and international students is consistent with the College’s new strategic plan.

“I’m encouraged by the education and training priorities announced in the Throne Speech, and I look forward to working with our government, industry and community partners to bring them to life,” Forsyth said.