NewsJun 27, 2019

LNG Canada and CWB Welding Foundation announce new summer welding camps for youth

Building off the success of our pilot welding camp earlier this year in Kitimat, B.C., we’re excited to announce the dates and locations of Arx and Sparx, our welding camps for youth.

Our partner, CWB Welding Foundation will deliver week-long camps to introduce Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to the welding trade in the following locations:

Location

Start Date

Camp Location

Camp Contact

Contact Email

Terrace

7/15/2019

Coast Mountain College

Haley Thickett

[email protected]

Prince Rupert

7/22/2019

Coast Mountain College

Haley Thickett

[email protected]

Kamloops

7/29/2019

Thompson Rivers University

Dwayne Geiger

[email protected]

Surrey

8/12/2019

Kwantlen Polytech

Al Sumal

[email protected]

Cowichan/

Duncan

8/12/2019

Vancouver Island University

Mike Hallam

[email protected]

Kitimat

8/26/2019

KVI

Brent Sunshine

[email protected]

The camps are a week long, with a graduation ceremony for the group on the last day. The students will learn about welding safety, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), an introduction to weld symbols, and a brief overview of the impact welding has on their daily lives.

Once the theoretical portion is completed, students will have fun putting their practical welding skills to the test, while they create their own projects, including the 7 teachings project with a focus on the Turtle, Bear, Beaver, Sasquatch, Bison, Eagle, Wolf.

Cultural awareness is an important aspect of Arx and Sparx. Connecting the students’ projects to the local culture and for some, their own identity, is a key priority of the camps.

Arx and Sparx camps are offered to youth at no cost and funded by LNG Canada.

The Canadian welding industry provides many great and diverse career opportunities and Arx and Sparx is part of an effort to build and sustain a highly skilled Canadian welding workforce. Funding the camps is part of LNG Canada’s long-term workforce development strategy to increase participation in trades training and address labour shortages.

Those interested in attending a camp should reach out to their local contact, listed in the chart above, for more information or to register.

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