the 5th Annual Advancing Aboriginal Apprenticeship Conference  

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency in partnership with the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee (AAAC) hosted its 5th Annual Advancing Aboriginal Apprenticeship Conference in Millbrook First Nation, on April 11-12th. Approximately 80 participants attended the Conference to gain information and to further their understanding of the apprenticeship journey.

During the two-day event youth presented on their experiences in a welding summer camp; apprentices discussed their continuing progress in their respective skilled trades; and certified journeypersons discussed their continuing learning through the Atlantic Trades Business Seal.

Aimee Moore, a 3rd year Truck and Transport Mechanic from East Coast International shared her journey and positive experiences with both her training and subsequent position with her employer.  She highlighted the value of enthusiasm and commitment to being on time and appreciating the experience of your mentors.  A well-spoken and articulate apprentice who is a great representation of the fit for industry and passionate individual employers are pursuing today.

Ten employer representatives contributed to the event by speaking about the apprenticeship journey from the perspective of the employer. Automotive Sector Council Executive Director Shannon Trites spoke on behalf of motive power employers. She focused on the challenges many Journeypeople perceive in mentoring incoming tradesfolks and that our Industry future is dependent on closing this gap.  Her sentiments echoed across the panel in every industry represented that day.

Employers wishing for more information can email Shannon@AutoHR.ca