Ontario Construction News staff writer
Humber College has received a donation from DEWALT to support students training to enter careers in the skilled trades. The gift will be used to establish the DEWALT Pathways to the Trades Scholarships.
Two scholarships will be awarded annually as well as funding for emergency bursaries in the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology. The gift will also be used to supplement the Centre’s tool collection and will go towards providing students who demonstrate need with the tools they require for their profession once they graduate.
“Thanks to the generosity of DEWALT, our students will be trained on the tools used on job sites and will also supplement their toolkits with the additional tools their careers require,” said Michael Auchincloss, associate dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology. “DEWALT’s investment in the Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology will help Humber train the next generation of skilled workers and continue to help fill the skilled trades gap.”
The gift will also be used for product awards, Centre initiatives and student support including funding for the Pre-Apprentice and Pathways to the Skilled Trades programs. Both the Pre-Apprentice and Pathways to the Skilled Trades are tuition-free programs that aim to bring new individuals into the trades, regardless of experience or education.
“DEWALT is proud to be a partner of Humber College and its Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology, providing financial support for training and scholarships, tools and equipment,” said Allan Hawes, general manager of Stanley Black & Decker Canada. “We believe it is important to work with programs such as those offered by Humber to help ensure that Canada’s young tradespeople have the training and tools they need for their future success.”
Through the partnership, DEWALT will provide brand ambassadors to appear at Humber events and support Humber’s efforts and activities to recruit the next generation of skilled trades professionals and narrow the skills gap. With Humber, DEWALT are also committed to encouraging women and those from equity-deserving groups to consider the trades as a possible career