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Legislation paves the way for Manitoba trades training

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by Journal Of Commerce

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation which would allow the Winnipeg Technical College (WTC) to become a stand-alone hybrid institution that provides both secondary and post-secondary skills training.

The Manitoba government has introduced legislation which would allow the Winnipeg Technical College (WTC) to become a stand-alone hybrid institution that provides both secondary and post-secondary skills training.

“The new legislation announced by the province is a revolutionary revisioning of secondary and post-secondary education in Manitoba. We are proud and excited to be at the forefront of such positive change,” said John Schubert, president of McCaine Electric Ltd. and WTC board chair.

“The legislation revitalizes our mandate and identity, and makes our facility a unique institution in the province that combines high school and college in a supportive, student-centred environment.”

Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Advanced Learning James Allum recently announced the WTC would become the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) and take on an expanded role in providing jobs and skills training to high school and post-secondary students.

Currently, WTC provides secondary and post-secondary students with hands-on, skills training for a variety of jobs, including skilled trades.

MITT will take on an expanded role in providing jobs and skills training to these students.

According to Allum, the new legislation has been designed to:

Expand and encourage access to MITT for all Manitoba high school students, leading to a high school diploma;

Improve the marketability of job training at MITT by providing greater recognition for MITT certificates and diplomas;

Grow Manitoba’s workforce by officially recognizing MITT’s role in delivering training programs for in-demand jobs in partnership with industry; and

Better attract out-of-province and international students by offering officially recognized job-training credentials.

The proposed new mandate would allow the institute to remain flexible with business and industry partners in developing and administering training programs that respond to changing labour market needs and in-demand jobs.

It would also allow MITT to pursue further partnerships with industry and school divisions.

It would also provide high school students the opportunity to start skills training while they are still in high school and help pave the way for a clear path towards a good job.

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