The Honourable Minister Hajdu Announces $4.8 Million Federal Funding for CCAA in Support of Work-Integrated-Learning in High-Demand STEM Occupations in Aviation & Aerospace
On August 30, 2017, Minister Hajdu announced that the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) would receive $4.8 million in government funding to put aviation and aerospace post-secondary students into work-integrated learning (WIL) placements. CCAA is proud to be part of Canada’s first major work-integrated learning consortium for aviation and aerospace-specific placements, facilitating stronger partnerships between employers and polytechnics, universities, and colleges.
This 4-year multi-stakeholder project, approved by the Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC), is expected to create more than 1,000 student work placements for post-secondary students in the aviation and aerospace industry. Under the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP), employers will receive wage subsidies of up to 50 – 70% of the wage cost (to a maximum of either $5000 or $7000 per placement) for offering quality work-integrated learning placements to eligible Post-Secondary Education (PSE) students.
Employers will be provided subsidies based on the net new student work placements for the current year, i.e. the number of work placements in the previous year will be used as a baseline and only applications for work placements exceeding that number will be considered.
As a subset of the project, CCAA and a consortium of companies and colleges developed an innovative training program which combines skills for Maintenance Technicians with those of Avionics and Interiors Technicians, together with soft skills and business skills, to produce “Multi-Disciplinary Technicians”. Over the next 4 years, the MDT project will provide wage subsidies of up to $5,000 or $7,000 per student, per work term, for one of the following types of work-integrated learning experiences: co-op placements, internships, field placements, or applied projects to solve specific problems for employers.
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