UBC Millwrights Building Pathways To Success

Published On: November 26, 2021Categories: Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Introduction to Millwrighting (ITM) program wrapped up today at the OPG Darlington Energy Complex. The 6-week training program was delivered to a cohort of 8 individuals from various Indigenous communities in the area. These individuals made significant life changes required to commit to the program with the goal of being successfully indentured into the Millwright Regional Council – Canada as first year apprentices.

UBC Millwrights Building Pathways to Success

“This is a win-win initiative. The MRCO is attracting new apprentices who are eager to learn the trade, and the participants are getting the right knowledge to be successful from the start of their new career.” said Rita Moore, SIB ITM Instructor with the Millwright Regional Council – Canada.

The program consisted of two weeks of in class training delivered in partnership with Durham College’s academic upgrading program team as well as a four-week Introduction to Millwrighting course delivered by qualified MRCO Sister Training Instructors.

Throughout the 6-weeks it was evident that the cohort was fully committed and engaged in the opportunity and focused on the end goal of becoming a Millwright apprentice. The attitude, dedication and integration observed between the participants was exceptional and truly displayed the qualities required to be successful in the Millwright field.

The following organizations were involved in the creation, funding and delivery of the ITM program.

• Millwright Regional Council – Canada
• Millwright Local 2309
• Ontario Power Generation
• OCNI (Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries)
• ION (Indigenous Opportunities Network)
• AABO (Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario
• Kigita Mikam
• First Nations Power Authority
• Durham College, Academic Upgrading program

“This course really prepared the students for their future as members of our union,” said Keighly McKee, SIB ITM Instructor with the Millwright Regional Council – Canada.

The Millwright Regional Council – Canada is committed and driven to look at future opportunities of this nature to support recruitment, diversity and inclusion within our organization and work on the upcoming SMR projects as well as other important work throughout the province.

About the Millwright Regional Council – Canada

Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC) is composed of eight affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) across the Province of Ontario.

We represent thousands of women and men working as progressive cross-trained construction and maintenance professionals with exceptional skills to install, maintain, diagnose, and repair precision machinery.

UBC millwrights are vital partners in industries as diverse as energy, automotive, aerospace, food processing, pharmaceuticals and more.

For media inquires, please contact Duncan McIntosh, Director of Communications, dmcintosh@millwrightont.com