Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

April 24, 2014 11:08 ET

Harper Government Improves Trades and Apprenticeship Programs at SIAST

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Students and apprentices enrolled in seven training programs at the four Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) campuses across the province will have improved access to leading-edge industrial equipment and computer technology thanks to a $1.4 million investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The funding will help address the high demand for skilled workers in Saskatchewan and Western Canada.

SIAST is purchasing a new tractor, two forklifts, engines, hoists, computer diagnostic equipment, welders, digital meters, sanders, and other specialized equipment that will allow its programs to meet increasing demand from employers to introduce new technologies.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular Services) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, on behalf the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal support for apprenticeship training in the carpentry, electrical, plumbing and welding trades. The equipment upgrades will also provide better training opportunities for students in the following programs: Agricultural Machinery Technician, Automotive Service Technician, and Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport.

Quick Facts

  • The new equipment means that some of the apprenticeship programs may be able to accommodate increased enrolment. The funding could allow SIAST to train an additional 490 skilled workers over two years in these seven trades and industry sectors that have been identified as experiencing moderate to severe shortages.
  • SIAST apprenticeship training has seen a 72 per cent increase over the last seven years. In 2013-2014, SIAST trained 5,726 new apprentices compared with 3,292 trained in 2007-2008.


"Our Government is helping Canadians acquire the skills and training they need to fill jobs in the agricultural, construction and mining sectors. Students enrolled in apprenticeship and trade programs at SIAST will soon have greater access to modern equipment and computer diagnostic technologies in their training programs, giving them a competitive advantage as they seek employment upon graduation."

- The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular Services)

"Providing applied learning opportunities is central to SIAST's role as a polytechnic. This contribution from the federal government will help us ensure that our students are well equipped with skills that are relevant to today's work place."

- Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST president and CEO

Additional Links

- WD supports electrician apprenticeship training in Prince Albert: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_14642.asp

- Technology commercialization supported by WD investment to SIAST Bioscience Applied Research Centre: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_14739.asp

- WD investment supports new SIAST mining engineering technology program: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_13499.asp

- Apprenticeship Grants from Government of Canada: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/index.shtml

- SIAST: http://gosiast.com/

- Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission: http://www.saskapprenticeship.ca/

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