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Apprenticeship Week declared in the Northwest Territories


February 6, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

February 6, 2012 – Jackson Lafferty, the Northwest Territories’ minister of education, culture and employment, has declared today through the 10th as Apprenticeship Week.

“Apprenticeships and occupational certifications have moved to the forefront of the economy in the Northwest Territories,” said Lafferty. “The 2012 theme ‘Get With Apprenticeships’ is especially appropriate this year as the government works with industry and educational institutions to ensure the territory develops a workforce ready to take advantage of job opportunities that result from emerging industries.”

There are 53 designated trades and 25 occupations in the Northwest Territories employing over 400 men and women, says the ministry, adding that Aurora College offers technical training in Fort Smith and Inuvik for five trades, including electrician.

“With the unique needs of our region, we rely heavily on trades,” said Lafferty. “Our region requires that we have certified people available to help us with our frozen pipes and furnaces, constructing our buildings, and ensuring that we are able to function no matter where we are or the season we’re in. With our partners, Aurora College, Skills Canada and the Mine Training Society, it is imperative that we provide education, certification and opportunity for those individuals wanting to explore a trade.”

The Apprenticeship Top Marks Awards are planned in selected communities during the week, as well as special events and activities. For more information, CLICK HERE for the Department of Education, Culture and Employment’s website.