Fowler Construction Services, a construction company in Truro, received the Canada Job Grant.
Fowler Construction Services, a small company with eight employees, will receive over $16,000 through the Canada Job Grant. This will allow the company to provide Gold Seal Certification training to three current employees.
Fowler Construction Services is investing an additional $6,372. It is expected that this training program will support the company to build the in-house competencies needed to achieve its goals of increased efficiency, productivity and profitability.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to partner in training investments, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
The Canada Job Grant provides up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions. Nova Scotia delivers the Canada Job Grant through its existing Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI).
According to Build Force Canada, Nova Scotia’s construction industry will need to step up efforts to attract more young people, as more than 6 000 workers are planning to retire over the next 10 years.
By 2017–18, more than $7.9 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Nova Scotia.