Assiniboine to deliver new tuition-free welding program

Two welding students in the shop

Assiniboine Community College is proud to announce a partnership with Conestoga College (Ontario) to deliver a tuition-free welding program at its North Hill Campus in Brandon commencing in August 2020.

"We are proud and excited to partner with Conestoga to deliver this program which will create opportunities for students to gain skills and knowledge before beginning a career in the trades," said Kevin Poirier Chair of Trades – Mechanical.

This program supports Assiniboine's commitment to offering quality programs responsive to Manitoba's labour market while meeting industry and community needs.

The program, funded through the Government of Canada Skilled Trades Awareness Readiness (STAR) program prepares students for in-demand careers while providing a head start for those wishing to work towards a Red Seal in the apprenticeship certification process.

Selection into the eight-month program will focus on engaging key groups including women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, persons with disabilities, and those currently underemployed.

Capacity for the program is fifteen students. Tuition, textbooks, and personal protective equipment are all covered at no cost to students in the program.

The program includes an eight-week paid work placement offering students pathways into the labour market upon graduation.

Interested candidates must attend a free program information session as part of their admissions process into the program.

Program details, as well as online registration for upcoming information sessions, is available online at