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Harper Government expands training and skills development opportunities for women

Industry News
Written by Piling Canada
July 2017

On July 7, 2015, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $2,097,375 to expand the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program.

Well-known companies, such as Emeco, Finning Canada, Immersive Technologies, Imperial, Lehigh Hanson, Mammoet Canada Western Ltd. and SureHire, support the WBF HEO Program by providing WBF with access to services and resources that ensure women receive the skills and experience needed to pursue their careers.

“Our government is committed to ensuring Canadians have the necessary skills and training they need to fill available jobs in our economy,” said Rempel. “We are proud to support this collective initiative, which will not only increase economic opportunities for women by providing them with the skills they need to succeed, but also help to develop the talent required for the growth of our economy.”

Quick facts:

Federal funding will support the equipment purchase of two 100-ton haul trucks, a loading tool and simulators, as well as simulator support packages, conversion kits and e-learning modules.

By 2020, WBF anticipates to have close to 100 HEO program graduates per year.   🍁

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