CWB Foundation launches new award for students entering welding and joining industry

The CWB WeldSAFE Kickstart Award equips new welders who are in financial need with the personal protective equipment (PPE) required to safely perform work. (CNW Group/CWB Welding Foundation)

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The CWB Foundation has introduced the CWB WeldSAFE Career Kickstart Award to equip new welders with the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) required to safely perform work.

The awaard offers a comprehensive PPE kit stocked with essential items, such as a 3M™ Speedglas Welding Helmet, Lincoln Electric Welding Jacket, gloves and more, ensuring recipients are safely prepared for the demands of the welding and materials joining industry.

Applications are open to welding and joining students in Canada entering a post-secondary program, apprenticeship or have secured employment within the industry. Please note that only a limited number of kits are available annually, and nominees will be reviewed on a needs-first basis throughout the year.

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CWB’s program is offered alongside the highly sought-after CWB WeldSAFE PPE Grant, which supplies fully stocked PPE kits and free safety reviews to intermediate, junior and secondary schools across Canada in partnership with 3M™ Canada, Lincoln Electric and Weldready.

The new award is being launched in year three of a five-year commitment to the CWB WeldSAFE initiative, with support from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB), AltaGas, Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (I.M.P.A.C.T.).

In addition, the CWB Foundation offers several other awards and bursaries for students attending secondary and post-secondary welding- and joining-based programs across Canada to break barriers and bridge financial gaps to ensure success for students interested in pursuing welding and materials joining careers.

Numerous awards and bursaries promote and encourage academic excellence and help students realize their full potential.

The CWB Foundation is a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing skilled trades careers, including welding and materials joining. Committed to preparing the future workforce and fostering inclusivity, we collaborate with partners to support the demand for skilled professionals, contributing to North America’s economic prosperity.


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