PREMIER ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING TO UPGRADE SHOP CLASS EQUIPMENT AT GIMLI HIGH SCHOOL
GIMLI—The provincial government will help Gimli High School upgrade its shop class equipment, as part of a larger plan to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in Manitoba, Premier Greg Selinger announced here today.
“These upgrades will ensure Gimli High School can expand and improve the availability of skilled training opportunities for families in the area,” said Selinger. “Helping schools in rural communities increase opportunities for technical and vocational training opportunities will mean more young people preparing for good jobs.”
The high school has used the funding to purchase a computer numerical control (CNC)
plasma-cutting system for cutting metal shapes and custom parts for the power mechanic/metals program, a CNC router system for cutting wood, foam and plastic for the woodworking/manufacturing program and new software for both programs.
The $25,000 in funding is part of the Rural and Northern Apprenticeship Training Strategy, which is designed to make it easier than ever to become an apprentice and develop Manitoba’s skilled workforce, the premier said.
The Evergreen School Division received a total of $50,000 in funding for upgrades, with $25,000 allocated to Arborg Collegiate Institute to purchase an ironworker, a hydraulic tube bender and a hydraulic press for the metals and welding program.
Manitoba Education and Apprenticeship Manitoba are currently working with Evergreen School Division to implement the upgrades and align its industrial arts programming with technical vocational education and trade-related awareness and skills development.
“This is one more step to ensure that all Manitobans can learn trades, get good jobs and start their own businesses,” said Selinger. “With this new funding, students at Gimli High School and surrounding areas have expanded access to skilled-training opportunities and greater awareness of technical vocational education and the trades.”