Team-build­ing ex­er­cise

Fund­ing an­nounced for youth ca­reer pro­gram for the province called Team Con­struc­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

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.

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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.

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