Funding announced for youth career program for the province called Team Construction
Scott Murray says he wants to be a Red Seal carpenter one day and Team Construction is helping him build his dream.
Murray is one of 80 young Islanders being introduced to careers in the construction industry over the next three years. The project, led by the Construction Association of P.E.I., is receiving more than $1 million in federal and provincial funding.
“Our population is aging so workers are retiring – and the buildings and infrastructure around us are also aging — so construction is a great career because there will always be work,” Murray said. “Team Construction is a good opportunity to get training, to network, and to get a career in the construction industry.”
The Construction Association of P.E.I. estimates the Prince Edward Island construction sector has an immediate need for several hundred workers and that demand will continue to increase over the next 10 years.
The government of Canada is investing more than $890,000 in Skills Link funding to support 60 youth who will benefit from the project. The provincial government has invested nearly $300,000 in funding for the project for 20 additional participants.
Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, made the announcement Wednesday on behalf of Patty Hajdu, federal minister of employment, workforce development and labour.
“Investing in Canada’s youth is a priority for our government. This is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country,” Casey said. “These opportunities can help put regular paycheques within reach of those who need it. But more than that, young Islanders will have a chance to change their future.”
These Team Construction participants are currently taking part in construction and safety training in Summerside and Charlottetown and will begin work experiences with local businesses throughout the province starting in late August.
“As housing starts continue to trend up and commercial construction remains strong — while construction wages are up 8.9 per cent compared to last year — we know a career in construction is a great choice for young Islanders,” Premier Wade MacLauchlan said. “Having a vibrant construction industry will allow us to grow our economy and turn dreams into reality for Islanders now and into the future.”
Team Construction is one of three trade programs for youth, along with Team Seafood, which was expanded in 2017, and Team Youth Trucking.
Team Construction participant Scott Murray says the program, led by the Construction Association of P.E.I. with funding from the provincial and federal governments, will help him in his goal of becoming a Red Seal carpenter.