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Sheridan Skilled Trades gets a boost from Canadian Welding Bureau

Sheridan Skilled Trades gets a boost from Canadian Welding Bureau

July 15, 2015

A plaque was unveiled recently to celebrate a $100,000 donation to Sheridan’s Welding program from the Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB). The generous contribution has enabled upgrades and enhancements to the existing Oakville facility and will support the expansion of the program to a two-year Welding diploma. The program will be housed at the new Skilled Trades building soon to be under construction at the Davis Campus in Brampton.

“We chose to partner with Sheridan because it is forward-looking,” said Doug Luciani, President and CEO of the CWB (and a graduate of Sheridan’s Welding program). He noted the growing scarcity of skilled labour in Canada, which will only worsen as the current workforce ages. “We have thousands of clients, all of whom point to the shortage of skilled welders as their number one challenge. Sheridan’s new program, coupled with its investment in a great new facility, is a positive step towards helping to address this challenge.”

Doug is a two-time Sheridan graduate, having earned a Welder Fitter certificate in 1998 and a Business Management Studies certificate four years prior. “It was well worth the effort” maintains Doug. “I loved my programs; the welding instructors were amazing. Plus, having the practical skill gives me some additional credibility amongst our clients and members.”

Doug had a chance to catch up with one of those instructors, Steve Hewitt, now retired and working part-time, who was on hand at the plaque unveiling ceremony.

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Pictured from left is CWB President and CEO Doug Luciani (Welder Fitter, 1998 & Business Management, 1994) and Sheridan’s Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and Technology, Iain McNab