Governments Announce 2018 Canada-Manitoba Job Grants. See news release: http://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=43177&posted=2018-02-22
For information on how to apply for the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant contact:
Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre
Manitoba Education and Training
The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help Manitobans gain the skills they need to fill available jobs and to help employers develop the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to move into a better job.
Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 for each individual worker to assist with training costs. Employers that receive funding under the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant must contribute a minimum of one-third of the eligible training costs. With the maximum government contribution of $10,000, this means that up to $15,000 is available, per person, for eligible training costs.
Visit the province of Manitoba website for more information: https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/ites/is/cjg.html
A little planning and strategy helped Lowe Mechanical secure a successful grant from the Canada Job Grant program.
An initiative of the Federal/Provincial Government, the Grant is designed to help employees gain the skills they need to enter the workforce, and for the employer to gain access to skilled labour that meets their needs.
It’s been reported that 47 employers in Manitoba have been approved for funding under this program, with 1,600 workers now receiving training.
“Under the Canada Job Grant in Manitoba, the federal government provides two-thirds of total eligible training costs, up to $10,000 [per employee], for expenses such as tuition, textbooks and student fees, while the Manitoba government delivers the program. Employers are required to contribute the remaining one-third of these training costs, while small businesses have additional flexibility to make in-kind contributions toward their share of the cost through wages paid to the training participant.” Quoted from a news release, “Governments of Canada and Manitoba celebrate Canada Job Grant success” from the Government of Canada, May 1, 2015.
Lowe Mechanical recently received approval for their upcoming employee training program, worth $65,000. As an employer, Lowe is responsible to pay for 1/3 of that amount.
The brainchild behind the application, Jennifer Lowe, Vice President of Lowe Mechanical, says that the process was seamless and helped her map out a framework for individuals in the company and their training path.
“It’s definitely changed our mandate. I believe it’s allowed us to better plan for each individual and their path over the next year,” says Jennifer. “It does force you to look at that.”
With this grant, Lowe Mechanical will be able to train approximately 50% of their entire workforce made up of 92 employees. For many years, the focus of their training program was safety, and now they are looking at ramping up training on soft skills such as leadership, supervision, project management and more.
“Now that we have the opportunity with the job grant, we are focusing in other areas that we want to get into.”
As part of their training program, Lowe Mechanical is looking to train most of their employees through Winnipeg Construction Association’s robust education program.
“I like the quality of the courses and the facilities,” says Jennifer. “There’s really good value, and us being members, there are big savings.”
In the past year, a few of Lowe’s employees attended various supervisory and project management courses.
Jennifer says, “They have gained a ton of knowledge already and they’re better organized and they understand more. It’s definitely a huge asset already and that was just from a few courses.”