Apprentices and journeypeople in Atlantic Canada are making more money in better jobs than those who do not complete their apprenticeship training. The information is included in the National Apprenticeship Survey results released on Sept. 16 by Statistics Canada. The survey was conducted for Human Resources Social Development Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. Eight regional reports, including an Atlantic Province Overview Report, provide more in-depth results. Results show that apprentices who complete their training tend to make substantially higher wages then those who do not. In 2005, almost 75 per cent of people who completed apprenticeships had an annual income higher than the median annual earnings of all Canadians. Other results show that apprentices register for training because they are interested in the trade. They are generally satisfied with their technical and on-the-job training. Many who stop training before completion eventually complete their apprenticeship or pass the trade certification exam with the required hours of informal training. “This survey is great news for the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia and across the county,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “We value the talents our apprentices bring to the skilled trades in this province, and we will work to ensure our apprentices remain satisfied with their training, employment options and wages.” The National Apprenticeship Survey was designed to provide a more complete understanding of aspects of apprenticeship training in Canada. The survey gathered information from 30,000 individuals across the country who participated in apprenticeship programs between 2002 and 2004. Information was collected on individuals’ motives and entry to trade training; experiences with on-the-job and technical training; experiences with the examination and certification process; and post-apprenticeship labor market experiences. The survey also determined that there is a low representation of women, immigrants and visible minorities in apprenticeship programs and there are some essential skills deficits among some apprentices. The next steps will include the creation of a plan to address these outstanding issues. The results of the survey are available on the Statistics Canada website at www.statcan.ca/english/dai-quo .
Although the match at Tunisia’s Stade Olympique de Rades was a friendly, it counted a lot in terms of team morale and quality assessment, especially as the two African giants are preparing for sterner challenges on the continental stage. Emerging from a draining week of CAN qualifiers, both teams are in the process of putting in place competitive squads to represent them at Africa’s foremost football tournament in June 2019 in Cameroon. On a chilly night of intermittently tantalizing football between the two North African country, Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri scored the evening’s only goal at the 41st minute of the game. There was energy and desire in the remaining minutes of the game. There was depth, though occasionally. Most of all, perhaps, there was, from both teams, a constant need to make a strong statement of quality, even superiority.While Morocco wanted to break the curse of Rades (where they had never won before), Tunisia, ranked above Morocco in FIFA rankings, had no desire to relinquish its on-paper superiority. There may have been no qualifying spot at stake, no trophy to win. But what was at stake looked great enough, big enough, worth fighting for: pride. Morocco’s Atlas Lions played to break from the psychological weight of never winning at Rades, an aspiration which Tunisia’s Eagles were determined to smash. Medhi Benatia and Romain Saiss showed a solid rock-solid defence and kept Tunisia at bay. A few minutes before the break, it was the captain, Benatia, who fired a shot from far away after Abdelilah Hafidi was fouled in the middle of half of the opponents’ area. Youssef En-Nesyri, aware of the rebound, scored his sixth international goal.Morocco, deploying a cautious 4-4-2 tactical disposition in the second half, foiled the Tunisian team’s regained energy. And despite repeated pressure from Tunisia’s Eagles, Morocco’s Lions seemed comfortable in their 1-0 lead. Tunisia’s striker Wahbi Khazri and defender Nordin Amrabat of Morocco received one yellow card each. Renard’s men struggled to find their feet at the start of the game and Tunisia did well to push them high up on the pitch.And so, Morocco, who had also won its latest game, a much urgent qualifier game against Cameroon, succeeded in maintaining its invincibility against Tunisia. If anything, the past few days have been enormously rapturous for Atlas Lions and their fans. After breaking the curse of never beating Cameroon, they’ve just broken that of never beating Tunisia in Rades. Perhaps, after all, that’s what Renard-coached teams do: they reduce the domains of implausibility.For all the criticism that Renard and his boys have received after their early World Cup exit and the immediate lacklustre displays that followed, Morocco’s team seems to have found its way back to a beautiful and confident football.