The winner of this year's apprenticeship award of excellence always liked the feel of a wrench in his hand. After graduating from high school, Troy Emmett of Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, studied automotive service and repair at the Nova Scotia Community College before entering the apprenticeship system.
After five years of apprenticeship training, in the classroom and on-the-job, Mr. Emmett has become a journeyperson in the truck and transport mechanic trade. He trained and is now working at K&J Truck Centre Ltd. in Middleton.
"I was channelled toward university, but I always knew I wanted to repair things," said Mr. Emmett. "I understood that you have to learn the basics before you can become an expert, and the apprenticeship system helps you do that. Now I'm in high demand and there are all kinds of jobs in my trade."
His workplace performance earned him the apprenticeship award of excellence, which recognizes a newly certified journeyperson who has made outstanding contributions toward forwarding the professional image of the employer, supporting others in the workplace, demonstrating a strong work ethic and being an active member of their community.
Mr. Emmett is one of 30 apprentices who received certificates of apprenticeship at a celebration in Digby, Saturday, May 12.
These newly certified tradespeople work as automotive service technicians, carpenters, construction technicians, industrial mechanics, truck and transport mechanics, and plumbers. They are from Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Kings and Annapolis counties.
The Department of Education presents the certificates at an event twice a year to recognize apprentices from across the province.
"Apprenticeship is an essential first step toward a successful career in the skilled trades," said Education Minister Karen Casey. "With more jobs in the designated trades emerging every day, these professionals are poised to fill demand and take full advantage of Nova Scotia's changing economy."
In addition to the apprenticeship award of excellence, the Department of Education also presented awards of excellence to recognize two outstanding mentors.
The mentor-coach award of excellence was presented to Kevin Feener, owner of K&J Truck Centre, and Peter Doucette, a welding instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College, Burridge Campus, in Yarmouth. The award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a positive role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a genuine interest in the progress of apprentices in their program.
The Department of Education's apprenticeship training and skill development division supports the advancement of skilled trades through training opportunities, certification and reinforcement of professional standards. The department has implemented Workit, a youth apprenticeship initiative to encourage young Nova Scotians to begin their apprenticeship training early. There are about 3,919 apprentices working at more than 3,500 businesses in Nova Scotia. More information about the apprenticeship system is available at www.ednet.ns.ca
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An Annapolis County man has received this year's
apprenticeship award of excellence from the Department of
Troy Emmett of Lawrencetown was presented the award
Saturday (May 12th) in Digby. He studied automotive service and
repair, and works in Middleton.
At the same ceremony, thirty new tradespeople received
certificates of apprenticeship.
Education Minister Karen Casey says with more jobs in
trades emerging every day, these professionals are poised to
fill demand and take full advantage of Nova Scotia's changing
These newly certified tradespeople work as automotive
service technicians, carpenters, construction technicians,
industrial mechanics, truck and transport mechanics and
Media Contact: Holly Dunn
Department of Education