... Union Gas Promotes Trades to Indigenous Youth Through $20,000 Grant  

Union Gas Promotes Trades to Indigenous Youth Through $20,000 Grant

Union Gas Grant 2017

From left to right: Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College, and Skills Ontario Board of Directors; Mike Shannon, vice president of distribution operations, Union Gas; Ray Lavender, marketing and communications, Snap-On Tools, and Skills Ontario Board of Directors (CNW Group/Union Gas Limited)

Union Gas supports “First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives” with a $20,000 grant to Skills Ontario to help fund programs that encourage Indigenous youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

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“Union Gas is passionate about investing in youth and in giving them the opportunity to explore skilled trades as a career option,” said Mike Shannon, vice president of distribution operations, Union Gas. “We are thrilled to continue our support of Skills Ontario because we know that First Nation, Métis and Inuit students from across Ontario are better informed about the tremendous career opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies through the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives program.”

During a time when there is a shortage of skilled workers to meet growing demand across many industry sectors, the In-School Presentation program encourages thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors. The initiatives include summer camps for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, hands-on workshops and participation in the Skills Ontario Competition. The grant helps to support three First Nations, Métis, and Inuit liaison officers, in London, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. The three travel across the province to promote careers in skilled trades and technologies.

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“First Nations, Métis, and Inuit-focused initiatives are a key, strategic component of Skills Ontario programming. The financial and ongoing community support we receive from Union Gas provides us with the necessary resources to positively impact the career choices of young First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people in Ontario,” said Ray Lavender, chair of the Skills Ontario board of directors.

“We are encouraged to see the increased interest expressed by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities from across the province. We thank Union Gas for its continued support of the Skills Ontario program,” added Lavender.

Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce by empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Skills Ontario is focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation and hospitality services. For more information, visit skillsontario.com.

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