Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Premier will take skills-training show on the road

  • Print

IF it's Wednesday, this must be Dauphin.

A lot of people in rural Manitoba will get a chance to see Premier Greg Selinger this week, and hear about skills training and job opportunities for young people -- sprinkled with nuggets about new programs.

Where and when

The first week-long Skills and Opportunities Tour features community town hall meetings at the following locations:

  • Gimli today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Centre, 10 Centre St.;
  • Brandon Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Assiniboine Community College, Main Campus Cafeteria, 1430 Victoria Ave. E.;
  • Dauphin Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Watson Art Centre, 104 First Ave. NW; and
  • Swan River Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., War Veterans Community Hall, 119 Sixth Ave N.

First up, Peguis First Nation, where Selinger will be this afternoon, on his way to Gimli.

"We'll do a specific announcement on an employment readiness program. It's an opportunity to train up to 16 people from the community for the manufacturing jobs that are available in the area," Selinger said in an interview Sunday.

He's taking along Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum and Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald. "There'll be experts from the trades, and employers too," the premier said.

"We're out there to listen to what people's priorities are for skills and training and employment for young people," Selinger said. "We're promoting greater partnerships among the high schools, apprenticeships, workplaces, and the community colleges."

Tuesday, Selinger will announce an agreement between Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College for easier transfer of credits between the two institutions.

Earlier that day, his tour will be in Portage la Prairie, where he's invited Tory MLA Ian Wishart to take part as the premier announces a trades summer-camp plan.

Selinger said he's taken similar tours around Manitoba to discuss the budget and flood issues, but this is the first time touting skills training. "We have a major investment in the upgrading of shops" in high schools, he noted.

That's one of the reasons he decided to blend the separate K-12 and post-secondary departments under one minister, Selinger said.

Friday, Selinger will be in Swan River where he'll announce funding for high school technical and vocational programs.

"We're going to have much more emphasis on skills training in schools" for the jobs Manitoba needs, while retaining the same emphasis on academics, said the premier. "It's not either/or.

"No wrong-door approach -- one thing can lead to another," he said.

Selinger said students can learn a trade, then start their own business in small communities, "whether it's electrical or plumbing," he said.

"Today, our province is building like never before and all this momentum offers good job and training opportunities for families," said Selinger. "That's why we're creating new apprenticeship and college training opportunities, to give our kids more options and help set them on the path to a good career and a brighter future.

"A good career means our young people can have the chance to build a good life and buy a home, right here in Manitoba," he said. The province is requested advance registration; to register, call 204-945-1555 or 1-855-346-3671 (toll-free).

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2014 A3

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


MTS Centre a Winnipeg whiteout as NHL playoffs return after 19 years

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada Goose cools off in a water pond Monday afternoon at Brookside Cemetary- See Bryksa’s Goose a day Challenge– Day 27-June 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Susan and Gary Harrisonwalk their dog Emma on a peaceful foggy morning in Assiniboine Park – Standup photo– November 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Do you think the Jets will win Game 4 on Wednesday?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google