$500 retraining subsidy for jobless
to cover 2010
CWA Canada has extended a popular grants
program that subsidizes skills training for members who lose
jobs because of downsizing.
The program was established last year as the recession swept
the country, leading to widespread job cuts, especially in
the media industry. The union dipped into its Defence Fund
to issue more than $25,000 in grants in 2009. Now the program
has been extended to cover members affected in 2010.
Any member of CWA Canada who becomes jobless due to layoff,
buyout or early retirement is eligible for reimbursement
of up to $500 upon proof of payment for an education course
or any type of training.
An alternative choice for the member is
to take any one of hundreds of online courses in the fields
of either digital media, telecommunications or software offered
by the CWA/NETT Academy.
The digital media courses offered by CWA/NETT include video
production and editing, web design, Flash and basic HTML.
Telecom courses include DC/AC circuits analysis, fibre optics,
basic networking, VOIP and data communications.
CWA/NETT, through an arrangement with Lynda.com, offers
more than 600 courses in software, ranging from Access to
Moodle to ZBrush 3.
Applications must be received by the end of 2010.
Contact Marj Botsford at CWA Canada for more information.
The head office can be reached by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (toll-free) 1-877-486-4292. Members in the
Ottawa-Carleton region can call 613-820-9777.