Newly Certified Journeypersons

Labour and Advanced Education

November 3, 2012 6:00 PM

More than 400 of the province's newly certified journeypersons are taking advantage of the many careers Nova Scotia has to offer in the skilled trades.

Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More met with the journeypersons, their mentors, teachers and employers at a celebration event in Dartmouth, today, Nov. 3, highlighting their achievements.

"With the thousands of good jobs on the horizon connected to big contracts, we've never had such a great need for skilled workers," said Ms. More. "This province's tradespeople have the right skills to help engineer the world's best navy ships and lay the concrete for the new trade centre. We need their talents now more then ever to fill some of the best jobs in this province's history."

During the event, Ms. More presented journeypersons from the northern and central regions of the province with certificates of achievement, and encouraged them to continue to work in Nova Scotia.

"Many of us have already made connections with employers through our apprenticeship training, and are either already working or ready to start right away," said Jonathan Levy, certified journeyperson. "I have owned my own masonry business for the past seven years, and now that I have my certification, I am looking forward to growing my business and helping to train the next group of apprentices coming down the line."

"I already have one apprentice working for my business, and now that I am certified, I hope to hire another."

During the evening, Ms. More also presented two awards of excellence to an outstanding mentor and an apprentice.
Workplace performance earned Keigan Moore and Jonathan Noel the Apprenticeship Award of Excellence. The award recognizes newly certified journeypersons who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and their employer, supporting others in the workplace and demonstrating a strong work ethic. Mr. Moore is a newly certified truck and transport mechanic working with Halifax Regional Municipality's emergency fleet. Mr. Noel is a newly certified automotive service technician working with Newfie Automotive in Dartmouth.

The mentor-coach award of excellence was presented to Arthur Cole, certified mechanic with A.W. Cole Construction in Dartmouth. The award recognizes an employer, supervisor, instructor or other mentor who has served as a role model and demonstrated qualities of superior teaching, enthusiasm for the trade and a strong commitment to the progress of apprentices in their program.

For more information about apprenticeship please visit www.nsapprenticeship.ca .


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     More than 400 of the province's newly certified

journeypersons are taking advantage of the many careers Nova

Scotia has to offer in the skilled trades.

     Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More met

with the journeypersons, their mentors, teachers and employers

at a celebration in Dartmouth, today (November 3rd) highlighting

their achievements.

     Ms. More says with the thousands of good jobs on the

horizon connected to big contracts, we've never had such a great

need for skilled workers.

     Ms. More also presented two awards of excellence to an

outstanding mentor and an apprentice. Workplace performance

earned Keigan Moore and Jonathan Noel the Apprenticeship Award of

Excellence. Mr. Moore works with Halifax Regional Municipality's

emergency fleet. Mr. Noel is an automotive service technician

working with Newfie Automotive in Dartmouth. The mentor-coach

award of excellence was presented to Arthur Cole with A.W. Cole

Construction in Dartmouth.

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Media Contact: Chrissy Matheson
              Labour and Advanced Education
              902-424-0281
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              E-mail: mathescl@gov.ns.ca