CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines - The Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) has announced its intention to partner with a local company to set up a training academy for welders, a first of its kind in Cebu.
The Canadian consulate office in Cebu, headed by Robert Lee said the CWB has signed a partnership agreement with the Primary Structure Educational Foundation Inc., to open up a certification welding crash-course set to open sometime in April or May this year.
"This will serve as a big opportunity for Cebuanos to find good-paying jobs in Canada working as welders in the construction of big companies," Lee said.
The CWB will be coordinating with its non-profit division, the Canadian Welding Association (CWA) to formulate the curriculum for the training center in Cebu, which will be located at the former Sacred Heart School for Boys.
The CWA is a national membership driven association, mandated to promote and support the welding industry in Canada.
According to Lee, the welding certification program was introduced amid increasing demand for welders in northern America, specifically in Canada.
"Welders are not just limited to men" he said. "There is also a high demand for skilled female welders."
Lee said the CWB has chosen to open in Cebu because of the ample supply of human resources here and the availability of a "good partner," that is, the Primary Structure Education Foundation Inc., which is known for providing technical and construction-related skills training.
Lee said initial cost of the training fee is pegged at P150,000 for an eight-month long session, after which the CWA in coordination with the Canadian Consulate office in Cebu will be matching graduates with employers in Canada.
The certification of CWA will assure graduates of employment opportunities there, Lee added.
The prevailing per hour rate for welders in Canada is at US$50 Canadian dollars per hour.
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