School or Skills: Ontario’s Grade 11 apprenticeship fastrack could put graduation at risk, education advocates say

Toronto, Ontario — An Ontario-based education advocacy group has called the provincial government’s March decision to allow Grade 11 students to enter full-time apprenticeship programs into question. People for Education put forth a series of questions to the Ford government on Wednesday, dissecting how the organization feels this decision could create a backslide into ineffective […]

Ontario on the Up: Province marks uptick in new apprentice registrations

Ottawa, Ontario — The Ontario government has increased skilled trade apprenticeship registrations by 24 percent in the last year, according to a press release from Tuesday. Last year, 21,971 new apprentices were registered in Ontario; as of April 2023, 27,319 new apprentices were registered in the province. As of April 2023, Ontario had 91,634 active […]

Bringing Home the Hardware: Medalists announced for Skills Canada National Competition

Winnipeg, Manitoba — More than 500 talented students descended upon Winnipeg for this year’s Skills Canada National Competition, where nearly 250 medals were awarded to those who will become Canada’s next generation of skilled tradespeople. This year’s event, which ran Thursday to Friday last week at the RBC Convention Centre, saw fierce competition across 45 […]

Albertan All-stars: Winners announced for Skills Alberta provincial competition

Edmonton, Alberta — “Another successful Skills Alberta event in the books!” Cecile Bukmeier, chair of the autobody program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), declared over LinkedIn, following the closing of the provincial skills competition in Edmonton on Thursday. Alberta’s aspiring young tradespeople, including a number of students representing the autobody repair and […]

Apprentice Appreciation: Pair of Man. collision apprentices honoured at achievement awards Thursday

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Carrying on a proud tradition of honouring the province’s tradespeople, the Manitoba government recognized its best and brightest on Thursday at the thirty-first annual Apprenticeship Highest Achievement Awards ceremony. Automotive painter Jacob Doerksen and body technician Trevor Marshall represented the collision repair industry among 36 other newly certified apprentices, declared to be […]