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Manitoba honours 2009 top apprentices and employers


April 24, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

Manitoba’s 2009 top-achieving apprenticeship graduates were honoured at a special awards ceremony and reception in April.

“The apprentices we’re honouring today had the best marks in
demonstrating the on-the-job skills needed to complete their
apprenticeship training,” said Peter Bjornson, entrepreneurship,
training and trade minister. “Apprenticeship has provided these young
people an opportunity to reach personal career goals and has allowed
their employers an opportunity to build highly skilled workforces that
meet their business needs.”

The 18th annual apprenticeship Highest Achievement Awards ceremony and
reception honoured 38 of Manitoba’s top new journeypeople and their
employers. The ceremony, hosted by the minister, also recognized a
variety of other achievements through special recognition awards, such
as the Ron Krishka Memorial Award given to the trades qualifier with the
highest standing on the certification exam.

Also, a new award was presented this year: the Internationally
Experienced Tradesperson Award, which recognizes the highest-achieving,
internationally trained trades qualifier.

Award recipients were chosen as the best in their fields based on
criteria that included on-the-job performance, classroom accomplishments
and recognition from both employers and instructors. The event also
acknowledges the important role employers and instructors play in the
development of the trade industry in Manitoba.

Congratulations to the following:

• Construction Electrician: Erich Tschritter – Bert Refrigeration,
Steinbach
• Industrial Electrician: Jason Delaurier – Louisiana Pacific Canada,
Swan River
• Power Electrician: Brad Loewen – Manitoba Hydro, Thompson

CLICK HERE for more on Manitoba’s apprenticeship programs.