MANITOBA BUILDING TRADES INVESTS $12 MILLION IN MULTI-TRADES TRAINING FACILITY
June 1, 2019
MAY 27, 2019
WINNIPEG (May 27, 2019) – Manitoba Building Trades announces new multi-trade training facility to open in Winnipeg’s core area. The $12 million investment will support Manitoba’s skilled trade workforce. The 70,000 sq. feet facility is located at 225/235 McPhillips Street. Significant renovations are already underway with the expectation to have the facility fully operational by Spring 2020.
Aside from a federal Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) front of $1.4 million, the project is privately funded entirely by Manitoba Building Trades and its partners, making it the largest private sector investment in trades training in Manitoba’s history, and one of the largest in Canada.
“This investment will increase our capacity to deliver industry-focused training, including programs to diversify Manitoba’s skilled workforce by attracting and training more women, indigenous workers and new Canadians,” says Sudhir Sandhu, CEO Manitoba Building Trades. “Our training facility will work directly with employers to provide timely and specific training to prepare a work-ready labour force.”
The facility will be the new corporate headquarters for Manitoba Building Trades and will include classrooms, a lecture theatre, and large trades specific workshop areas for hands-on learning and work-ready preparedness training. Bit Space Development (BSD), a local firm best known for its work in the trades & construction industry, will be supporting the facilities technology projects using virtual and augmented reality.
Current project partner, Labourers Union (LiUNA) Local 1258, will be relocating all operations to the new site. Ongoing talks with other interested parties are anticipated to produce other partner agreements in the coming months.
“We want our presence in the area to serve the community as well. We hope other organizations will view our facility, and the spaces within, as a resource to deliver programming that is not only trade specific. We would love to start having those conversations.”