Unifor Education Department delivers trades empowerment course for members

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The Education Department delivered an 8-hour pre-apprenticeship training program for members of Unifor Local 222 working at the GM Oshawa facility. Conducted on March 23 and 24, the sessions attracted approximately 150 participants applying for apprenticeship positions negotiated in the 2023 round of auto bargaining. 

Crafted by Unifor's Education Department in collaboration with Skilled Trades Leadership and consultation with St. Clair College, this comprehensive 8-hour curriculum is aimed at preparing participants with the necessary skills for pre-apprenticeship tests and interviews. The program covered essential subjects such as mathematics, reading comprehension, mechanical principles, trade science, and spatial reasoning, tailored specifically to address the requirements of Unifor members.

"Investing in the educational development of our members is vital to ensuring their success and the strength of our union. The impressive turnout and positive feedback from members highlight the importance of providing opportunities for skills development and advancement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne.

This program garnered significant participation from Local 222 members, underscoring Unifor's commitment to enabling and supporting its members across their diverse educational and training needs.

"During 2023 Unifor and GM auto bargaining, we negotiated a continued commitment for our Skilled Trades apprenticeship program. With that commitment, we have a negotiated Pre-Apprenticeship class,” said Jason Gale, GM Unit Chairperson, Unifor Local 222. 

“The Unifor National Education Department has developed and delivered an industry leading Pre-Apprenticeship class to members at GM Oshawa. The Pre-Apprenticeship class gives our members added knowledge and confidence when navigating through the apprenticeship application and testing process. A Pre-Apprenticeship program should be a priority when bargaining Skilled Trades Apprenticeships.”

Sam Vrankulj, Unifor National Representative, Education, praised the program's effectiveness, highlighting its positive influence on members wishing to work within the trades. "It's truly gratifying for the Education Department to play a role in the journey of members pursuing opportunities in the trades. Interest is high in this unique program. This cohort was the largest and most diverse we've ever had."

This program underscores Unifor's unwavering dedication to advocating for equitable access to workplace opportunities through collective bargaining and empowering members through education. 

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