Survey Encourages Apprentices to Complete Training

first_imgApprentices 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 .last_img read more

New details in Sullivan murder case

Hamilton police released surveillance video, Wednesday, in the hopes it will help them catch a killer in a two year old murder investigation.July 29th, 2013, someone driving a pick-up truck chased and hit 51-year-old Michael Sullivan while he rode his bike down Barton Street.Police say they know who did it but they need more witnesses to come forward, before they can make an arrest.Sullivan was in a coma for 10 weeks before he died of his head injuries.While the truck was found, police have had trouble locating the driver.The person registered wasn’t the current owner and several people had access to the vehicle.They’re offering a 50-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.Police describe the driver as a man in his 20s with tanned or olive skin and short dark hair.Police say they believe Sullivan was the wrong target.His death is Hamilton’s only unsolved murder from 2013. read more

These armoured trains played vital role in both world wars

first_img See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack TRAINS MAY SEEM an innocuous part of the travelling furniture in the 21st century but in the last century, armoured trains were a vital piece of machinery.The armoured train was first seen in the American Civil War, according to The Jamestown Foundation. But the battle-ready form of transportation came to prominence in World War I, when Russia used it as a means of defence during cross-country travel.The trains were used by most of the European nations fighting in World War II: Poland took advantage of them extensively, Nazi Germany reacted and began using them, the Russians kept their fleet up. Even Canada patrolled its west coast with one for a time in case of an invasion, according to Canada’s Virtual Museum.The main photograph on this piece shows the early Polish train, Smialy, is one of the most famous of the era. The rotating turret on the front helped clear out anything that got in the way.These trains were not just armoured, they were heavily armed. Cannons, machine guns, anti-aircraft weapons, and even tanks were on board these moving walls of terror.While the armoured train could transport large amounts of firepower rapidly cross country, they also had quite a few drawbacks.They were hardly stealthy. Their reliance on tracks not only limited where they could go, it provided the enemy with an easy target: Sabotage the tracks, and you disable the train.After World War II, automotive technology had caught up sufficiently to render the armoured train obsolete. But these insane trains have left an indelible mark on history. 10 things in tech you need to know today 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change last_img read more