Ontario Construction Report staff writer
The Schulich Foundation has launched Schulich Builders, a scholarship program dedicated to students pursuing careers in the skilled trades. In its first year of operation, more than $3 million will be committed to the program with a goal of combatting labour shortages and highlighting the importance of skilled trades in Canada.
“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing this rewarding career path,” said foundation director Judy Schulich. “Canadians rely heavily on the trades to build and maintain infrastructure critical for prosperous communities.
“Our challenge today is not having enough of these talented people to meet the demand.”
Schulich Builders will cover tuition, tools and living expenses for students enrolling in a skilled trade program at one of ten participating colleges in Ontario. Priority will be given to students nominated by their high school. Students may also apply directly through participating colleges: Centennial, Fanshawe, Algonquin, George Brown, Mohawk, Sheridan, Conestoga, Durham, Humber and Loyalist.
Each college will award 10 scholarships per year:
- five $20,000 scholarships for one-year certificate programs
- five $40,000 scholarships for two-year diploma programs.
In addition to financial support, the program includes leadership training and mentorship to set up graduates for success.
“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said Ontario’s Labour Minister Monte McNaughton. “With Schulich Foundation’s skilled trade scholarship program, they are helping to attract and prepare a new generation of skilled trades workers here in Ontario for better jobs and bigger pay cheques.”
For more information, visit: schulichbuilders.com.