Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — A recent donation from RBC is aiming to remove barriers for BIPOC youth in the trades, with a $450,000 donation earmarked for the support of Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Skills Enhancement Training projects.
The projects focus on women, Indigenous peoples, new Canadians, visible minorities, 2SLGBTQ+ and people with varying abilities.
Nakary Lopez Ojeda, a recent graduate of the Parts Management Technician program, said “The support for youth is great. It has helped me and my family a lot. I wish more companies would do the same because not everyone has the chance to go to university or college on their own. So we work hard, and appreciate what they have done for us.”
The investment is part of RBC Future Launch’s goal of closing the gap between unemployment rates in youth.
“Behind this gift from RBC is the importance of creating spaces for diverse communities to actively participate in all aspects of the economy of which skilled trades are key,” said RBC regional president Kim Ulmer.
“By creating access to training and skill development, Sask Polytech, in partnership with government and RBC, are removing barriers and helping create new opportunities towards a more inclusive Canada.”
Sask Polytech will offer student-centred essential trades training to underrepresented students at four campuses across Saskatchewan. Those who are interested can learn more at Sask Polytech’s website at saskpolytech.ca/newstart.