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StatsCan releases apprenticeship numbers for 2012

June 11, 2014

Steamfitter/pipefitter trade lead with largest annual increase in new registrations.

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New hires at Dobbin BC as it teams up with G.F. Thompson

May 27, 2014

Dobbin Sales has announced the addition of Colin Thate and Yvette Gillespie to its British Columbia team. They will be responsible for the entire package of Dobbin products with respect to sales, customer support, technical service and quotations, working out of

Phil Gagnon in his CASS lab.
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Learning model a good fit for skilled trades

May 1, 2014 by Patrick Callan

Masters Challenge winner instrumental in partnering of institutions.

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New Journeyperson to apprentice ratios in effect

April 20, 2014

OCOT completes review process with 14 reductions and one increase for skilled trades

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Snap a shot to win in Emerson HVACtrain photo contest

April 11, 2014

Emerson launched a contest on April 7 via social media encouraging HVAC/R professionals to share photos of how they stay up-to-date on the latest technologies. Emerson Climate Technologies is accepting online submissions of photographs showing HVAC/R professionals in training. Participants can

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Successful high school program turns out licensed gas fitters

April 9, 2014

Over the past six years students at College Avenue Secondary School in Woodstock, ON, have been given the opportunity to write their Gas Certification Level three licence in their own classroom under the guidance of their teacher Phil Gagnon. As

Students at the Skills Canada - ON Young Women's Networking Dinner on April 3 had some fun with the marshmallow challenge, where the goal was to build the tallest free-standing structure using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.
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Skills Canada-Ontario hosts Toronto Young Women’s Networking Event, qualifiers for national event

April 6, 2014

Since 2000, Skills Canada – Ontario Young Women’s Networking Dinners and events have provided an opportunity for female students in grades nine through 12 to rub elbows with local tradeswomen. Students learn about careers in the skilled trades and technologies,

Brendan Myers (above) and Gary Struhar were rewarded for their marks on the RSES-Canada Certificate Member Examination at the Society's AGM on March 20 during CMPX.
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Refrigeration contractors win big at CMPX

March 24, 2014

CMPX 2014 wrapped up March 21 with several draws, including HPAC’s Tremendous Tool Take-Away contest. Gerry Myers of Myers Refrigeration Service in Stittsville, ON was the lucky winner of an inspection camera, distance meter, combustion analyzer, CO monitor, dual readout

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Nominations invited for the 2014 Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award

March 21, 2014

Nominations for the  2014 Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award will be accepted until Thursday, April 3. The award is presented on a biannual basis to an individual from industry in Canada who has demonstrated inspirational leadership in the promotion and development of apprenticeship

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Leadership workshop tackles challenges of managing different generations

January 15, 2014

Leader or lagger? Popular HRAI AGM speaker helps you tell the difference.

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Skilled trades employers call for halt of compulsory certification process

November 14, 2013

The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance recently submitted a request to the Ontario College of Trades asking it to: • Pause the trade classification review for the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer Trade. • Not schedule any further trade classification reviews. • Complete a

Guest speaker Bob Onyschuk, director, compliance and enforcement division, ON College of Trades.
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College calls for increased industry participation

October 30, 2013

At the HRAI Greater Toronto Area meeting on October 30, 2013, chapter chair Dick Thomas invited former chair David Weishuhn to the podium to discuss the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) HEATING & COOLING INCENTIVES (HCI) program. HRAI, on behalf of the Ontario Power

Scheideman competes during one of three timed events en route to winning gold at the WorldSkills competition.
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Golden Touch For Scheideman

October 1, 2013 by Patrick Callan

Alberta native takes home top prize in refrigeration and air conditioning category at WorldSkills.

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Report analyses the effect of apprenticeship restrictions in skilled trades

August 14, 2013

Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades,” authors Robbie Brydon and Benjamin

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Viega launching trades training program in Canada

July 24, 2013

Viega is establishing the Viega Academy Partner Program in Canada this fall to help further its commitment to training the next generation of tradespeople. The program will be offered to a select group of trades training institutions by providing new types

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Career and job fair resource

July 23, 2013

Planning to hire new graduates? CIPH has compiled a list of career and job fairs from coast to coast. Click on the links provided to find out more about what’s happening in your area. If you know of more fairs

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Report says mentors lead to apprentice success

July 19, 2013

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage provides fresh insights into the important role of mentors to apprenticeship completion across Canada in its newest report, Effective Journeyperson Apprentice Mentoring On-the-job: Tips, Strategies, and Resources. Based on a series of


Getting The Job Done

June 1, 2013 by Hank Bulmash

Infrastructure and skills development figure prominently but has the groundwork been done? Insights into the 2013 Federal Budget.

Scheideman hangs an evaporator on a freezer at the 2012 Alberta skills competition.
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Duo set to represent Canada in Germany

June 1, 2013 by Patrick Callan

NAIT grads prepare to test their skills against the world’s best.

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Honour inspirational leaders in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certification

May 31, 2013

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has launched a call for nominations for the second biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade certification staff to the Red Seal Program.

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Nominations open for Red Seal award

May 2, 2013

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has issued a call for nominations for the second biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. Nominations must be received by June 12. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade

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Digital gap to overtake literacy gap

April 8, 2013

Technology is changing the nature of the skilled trades.

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Help girls GETT ideas about a career in the trades and technologies

February 26, 2013

Journeywomen, female apprentices and women working in the trade and technology sectors are encouraged to apply to be a mentor for the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) Conference in Edmonton, AB, on May 16, 2013. Organizers are looking for

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NRCan subsidy announced

December 19, 2012

HRAI has announced that a Contribution Agreement was finalized with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on December 13, 2012, which will provide financial assistance to those attending SkillTech Academy’s residential training programs between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Participants

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Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages, say the Feds

December 14, 2012

A Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013. The announcement was made by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on December 10. “The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions

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Ontario College of Trades proposed changes include shortening deeming periods

October 22, 2012

The Ontario College of Trades (the College) has issued a Notice of public consultations and it is calling for comments on Proposed Board regulations. The proposed regulations will: set the foundation for how the College governs the establishment of apprenticeship programs

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StatsCan releases apprenticeship study

October 3, 2012

Of individuals registered in an apprenticeship program between 2002 and 2004, those who completed their program had hourly wages in 2007 that were 21 per cent higher on average than those who did not, says a new study from Statistics Canada. Certification, completion, and the wages

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Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program unveiled

August 27, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing a number of regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) including: establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language; increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants; increasing points for

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UA Canada signs on as a sponsor of the Skills Canada National Competition

July 23, 2012

Skills/Compétences Canada has announced that the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA Canada) has signed on as a Presenting Sponsor of the next three Skills Canada National Competitions. “Now more than ever, the

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Controversy continues around Ontario College of Trades

June 26, 2012

The Ontario Construction Employers Coalition (OCEC) campaign to urge the McGuinty government to shut down its newly-formed Ontario College of Trades gained momentum today with four more associations joining the fight. The new campaign members are: Conestoga Heavy Construction Association;