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Celebrating a Tradition of Excellence in the Skilled Trades

Released on October 24, 2014

The fourteenth annual Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony and Banquet tonight celebrates 70 years of a successful apprenticeship and trade certification system in Saskatchewan, in addition to the exceptional accomplishments of the 2014 award winners.

Outstanding new journeyperson awards and additional honourable achievements are presented tonight at the celebration, which is hosted by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) at the Conexus Arts Centre.

This year, the 36 new journeypersons who achieved the highest mark on their certification exam in their respective trades between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, will be honoured.

“The new journeypersons should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Commission Board of Directors Chair Garry Kot said.  “Apprenticeship is a system of training that has been proven throughout the world for thousands of years and in Saskatchewan for the past 70.  Today, we continue to build upon a successful foundation.”

Awards are presented to those with outstanding achievements.  The George Pellerin Memorial Scholarship is presented to the highest achieving journeyperson of all trades.  The Commission Board of Directors Scholarship is awarded to the highest achieving Aboriginal person, and the Bruce Pearce Scholarship is awarded to a recipient who has completed a program at the Regina Trades and Skills Centre and entered into apprenticeship.

In addition, the Artisan Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional contributions to the apprenticeship system as a whole.

“Saskatchewan’s apprenticeship system is one of the strongest in Canada, and a powerful tool in addressing the labour force challenges we are facing,” Minister of Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training Jeremy Harrison said.  “Thanks to the hard work of the SATCC, and the many teachers, mentors and employers involved in the apprenticeship process, journeypersons have the skills and training needed to help keep 
Saskatchewan’s economy strong.”

At the awards celebration, Skills Canada Saskatchewan apprentice gold winners are honoured, and industry associations also recognize recipients with industry awards.  An award will also be presented to an Outstanding Technical Training Team.

The SATCC manages the apprenticeship and certification system in Saskatchewan, helping skilled tradespeople make the journey from first year apprentice to certified journeyperson.

Photos will be available of all journeypersons in attendance.  For additional information about the awards, like Sask Apprenticeship on Facebook and follow @SKApprentice on Twitter.

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For more information, contact:

Audrey Wolf-Kaminski
Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Regina
Phone: 306-787-5284
Email: audrey.wolf@gov.sk.ca

Julie Woldu
Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
Regina
Phone: 306-787-0187
Email: julie.woldu@gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-537-4692

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