New Brunswick Welding Education Co-Operative Investment Update

Government of New Brunswick- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Irving Oil, and CWB Welding Foundation

New Brunswick Welding Education Co-Operative Investment Update

HISTORY:

The Government of New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Irving Oil have partnered with CWB Welding Foundation to advance welding and related technology education at four high schools, with contributions totaling over $285,000. CWB Welding Foundation is a key facilitator, advisor and funder of this initiative. This three-way cooperative investment provided consumables and welding machines from Irving Oil, personal protective equipment, teacher training and CWBi Acorn curriculum from CWB Welding Foundation, and infrastructure funding - ventilation and electrical support, from the Government of New Brunswick.

These contributions have made major improvements to technology infrastructure and education at Harbour View High School, Simonds High School and Hampton High School, focusing on shop safety, quality curriculum and supporting educator professional development. St. Malachy’s Memorial High School is set to receive upgrades in 2019.

This project has set an example for other industry sectors and their leadership to encourage enrollment in the skilled trades and position these jobs as valued quality career options in the Canadian workforce. The efforts of the CWB Welding Foundation and participating donors showcase the dedication to filling the gaps that are being left behind by retiring welders and supporting industry's changing needs.

"The New Brunswick government is fortunate to have a strong and continuing partnership with the CWB Welding Foundation," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy.

"Having such a positive and mutually beneficial relationship with a national, industry-backed foundation has enabled us to partner with local industries to expand programs and increase the number of students who have the opportunity to experience welding and related career opportunities in the skilled trades."

FUNDING 2018-2019:

Harborview HS:

12 booths, 1 grinding station,1 cutting station, electrical and shop ventilation all completed and paid for by Ministry of Education, NB- $ 55,000

12 Multi process machines, consumables and auto darkening helmets sent, installed and paid for by Irving Oil- $35,000

PPE and CWBi Acorn curriculum content delivered by CWB Welding Foundation-$5000

Educators have completed a CWB Welding Foundation Train the Trainer SMAW and GMAW session

Total: $95,000

Simonds HS:

12 booths, 1 grinding station,1 cutting station, electrical and shop ventilation all completed and paid for by Ministry of Education, NB- $ 55,000

12 Multi process machines, consumables and auto darkening helmets sent, installed and paid for by Irving Oil-$35,000

PPE and CWBi Acorn curriculum content delivered by CWB Welding Foundation-$5000

Educators have completed a CWB Welding Foundation Train the Trainer SMAW and GMAW session

Total: $95,000

Hampton HS:

12 booths, 1 grinding station,1 cutting station, electrical and shop ventilation all completed and paid for by Ministry of Education NB-$55,000

12 Multi process machines, consumables and auto darkening helmets sent, installed and paid for by Irving Oil-$35,000

PPE and CWBi Acorn curriculum content delivered by CWB Welding Foundation-$5000

Educators have completed a CWB Welding Foundation Train the Trainer SMAW and GMAW session

Total: $95,000

St Malachys’s:

Project put to a halt due to facility and infrastructure complications and delayed till July 2019, to be completed September 2019

Budget projects and Total: $ 62,500

Project details:

4 booths, 1 grinding station,1 cutting station, electrical and shop ventilation all completed and paid for by Ministry of Education, NB-$55,000

4 Multi process machines, consumables and auto darkening helmets sent, installed and paid for by Irving Oil-$35,000

PPE and CWBi Acorn curriculum content delivered by CWB Welding Foundation-$5000

Educators have completed a CWB Welding Foundation Train the Trainer SMAW and GMAW session

 

TOTAL CURRENT INVESTMENT:

·Irving Oil $105,000

·Government of New Brunswick $165,000

·CWBWF contributions: PPE, Educator Training, CWBi Acorn $15,000

 

TOTAL $285,000 plus training support and in-kind

 

JUNE 2019 UPDATE:

In early 2019, eight Students from Hampton High School completed testing and successfully received their welding tickets, surely a feat that would never have been possible without the first-ever welding shop that was just recently opened at Hampton High School.

Hampton High formed a partnership with Ready Arc Training and Testing a private Welding College to have students that completed the welding course challenge for their welding tickets. It was very successful and there was a total of 8 students who received their CWB Testing Flat (1GF) Position welding ticket (Sam Kelter, Sam Cummings, Jack Kelly, Will Patterson, Ben Mailman, Colton Lammers, Devyn Watmore, Autin Guothro). Three of those students successfully pass their Horizontal Groove (2GF) tickets (Sam Kelter, Jack Kelly, Sam Cummings).

Andrew Clarke from Harbourview High School also joined in and had 5 students pass their 1GF ticket. Ready Arc has agreed to make this an ongoing partnership and the plan is to allow two testing sessions in future years (one after 1st semester and one after 2nd semester).

Instructor Frank Keleman, at Hampton High School, recently stated that he has had two calls from local businesses interested in employing these newly ticketed welders.

 

Media Article: https://medium.com/schoolworks/trading-up-skilled-trades-make-a-comeback-in-new-brunswick-schools-in-partnership-with-local-6b017562a2f2

Summary Video of Projects: https://youtu.be/1_Ny4aqoSlk