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New program will train sheet metal workers for Corner Brook hospital construction

Participants in a new sheet metal worker program at Academy Canada will complete term placements with Cahill Group on the construction of the new hospital in Corner Brook.
Participants in a new sheet metal worker program at Academy Canada will complete term placements with Cahill Group on the construction of the new hospital in Corner Brook.
CORNER BROOK, N.L. —

There’s a growing demand for trained sheet metal workers in the Corner Brook area, but not enough people to meet it.

In an effort to change that, Academy Canada is partnering with Cahill Group to launch a 34-week sheet metal worker (pre-employment) program at its Corner Brook campus.

Cahill will need up to 70 sheet metal workers between 2021 and 2023 to help build the new regional acute care hospital in the city.

In addition to this project, there is an ongoing need for sheet metal workers due to an aging workforce and increased employment opportunities caused by upcoming development projects.

Cahill will provide students access to work-term placements during the construction of the hospital. Graduates will also be eligible for other employment opportunities with Cahill as sheet metal worker apprentices.

“Given the current need for more skilled sheet metal workers throughout the province, we are pleased to partner with Academy Canada’s Corner Brook campus to provide student work placements and gainful employment opportunities in the future,” Gerry Sharpe, senior project manager with Cahill Group, stated in a news release.

Lisa Lovelady, vice-president academic and COO of Academy Canada, said the college is excited to provide training in Corner Brook that will support Cahill’s need for sheet metal worker apprentices.

“Our graduates will help build the infrastructure of our province and contribute to the economy,” Lovelady stated.

The program will start in April 2021, pending final government approval, with practical training to take place on campus following COVID-19 safety protocols. Funding may be available for eligible students. Applications are accepted online at www.academycanada.com or by calling 1-800-561- 8000.

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