A pilot program to keep more skilled trades workers home, and employed, has been launched by the province and the Nova Scotia Community College. The pilot is based on a new model of skilled trades education, collaborative apprenticeship. Students, or pre-apprentices, are linked with employers early, making it easier and faster to complete apprenticeships in the trade. Program graduates will be certified and qualified skilled tradespeople ready to join Nova Scotia’s workforce. “The collaborative apprenticeship model is an example of the type of flexible, customized training we hope to see more of in the coming years,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “We’re working very closely with employers to help them meet their workforce needs. “The automotive industry in Truro is supportive and involved in this pilot and we look forward to working with other trade sectors in the future.” The first transportation mechanical repair program class starts June 11 at NSCC’s Truro campus. It is a joint effort between the community college, the Department of Education and employers. Nineteen employers have made a multi-year commitment to the program. “I want to do my part to create good employment opportunities that keep skilled people in my community,” said Dave Goswell, product support manager for Wilson Equipment in Truro. “It is important for employers to be involved in programs like this so community members can have rewarding employment and so our industry can continue to grow.” Students will get classroom training and hands-on industry experience, then will become registered apprentices and earn a wage while completing the program. Students will then be eligible to write a qualification exam to receive a certificate of qualification in one of three trades — automotive service technician, heavy duty equipment technician or truck and transport mechanic. “This model allows us to expand trades education based on the demand and enthusiasm of communities,” said Ron Farrell, dean of trades and technology at NSCC. “We’re able to create new solutions for communities that don’t have other trades education, and those who may have specific workforce development needs.” After the pilot, Nova Scotia will explore the possibility of similar programs across the province. The Department of Education and NSCC plan to work closely with sector councils, employers and other interested partners to develop personalized apprenticeship models. It is expected that collaborative apprenticeship will produce highly trained individuals who have strong connections with employers, a commitment to lifelong learning and who support building successful trades careers in Nova Scotia. To learn more about the transportation mechanical repair program visit www.nscc.ca/OnTrack or call 1-866-679-6722.
Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Friday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Fri Thu 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2487 1.2472 1.2743 1.3205 British Pound 1.6606 1.6471 1.6482 1.6169 Japanese Yen 0.0112 0.0111 0.0113 0.0127 Euro in U.S. 1.1836 1.1843 1.1402 1.1050 Euro in Cdn 1.4780 1.4770 1.4529 1.4592Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition Leader unimpressed by Govt’s sloth in dealing with fuel crisisJune 29, 2018In “Business”Some retailers yet to reduce price on new zero rated itemsNovember 19, 2015In “Business”Gov’t reduces fuel priceAugust 19, 2015In “Business” Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan says Cabinet has discussed the increased fuel prices and is considering options carefully to avoid future negative effects on the country’s balance of payments.Finance Minister Winston Jordan“The issue about price increases for the minibuses is also engaging the attention of the Cabinet. Only last Tuesday at Cabinet this matter was raised and so we will have to find creative solutions to the problem of rising fuel prices. I understand though that in the past week or so prices have trended downwards. I believe prices have fallen back to about sixty-something dollars per barrel from the high seventy-something,” Minister Jordan said.In addition, he noted the opposition calls for a previously used tax formula to be employed to ease the burden of increased fuel prices on citizens. However, he said while the previous administration was able to forego taxes to maintain fuel prices in the past, the conditions now were different.“They say they had a formula in place where they used to reduce the excise tax so that people used to buy gas at the same price they used to buy before. I’m aware that indeed they had such a formula, but this is not only about whether government will still get the same amount of revenues that they had budgeted. It also has that external side… the side that has to do with finding the foreign currency to buy the same quantity of gas that you were consuming when the prices were low,” Minister Jordan said in a Department of Public Information (DPI) release.In September 2017, world market prices for fuel increased due in part to the hurricane conditions in the southern hemisphere, which resulted in GuyOil adjusting the prices in gasoline, diesel and kerosene to a higher cost.Again, in February of this year, Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) adjusted its prices upwards. GuyOil currently sells gasoline for approximately $220 per litre.The protest held in front of the Ministry of FinanceJordan’s comments comes on the heels of protest from Rice farmers and producers, on Thursday last in front of the Ministry of Finance office, who were calling on Government to review its tax policies on fuel with a view to ease the “burden” on the productive sector.At the protest demonstration, the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA) urged Government to reintroduce a sliding tax rate for rice farmers in light of the high cost of fuel and especially in light of ongoing period of land preparation.While on the protest line, General Secretary of the RPA Dharamkumar Seeraj told the media that the sliding tax rate method is easy and would not add any unnecessary burden to the budget.“The way it works is that when the price for fuel goes up on the World Market, the tax comes down so the price at the pump remains the same so it’s not rocket science and most importantly from the Government’s point of view, this will not affect the target budgeted for,” he explained.Further, Seeraj reasoned that if the price for fuel increases and Government reduces the percentage of taxes on fuel, they can still achieve their target.“If you implement that sliding rate, the country benefits. Production will go up, you’ll become more competitive on the export market and that is what a country needs,” he asserted.The RPA said farmers, who are currently harvesting, have been experiencing an increase in transportation costs from an average of $200 to $800 per bag, because access to their farmlands is poor.Additionally, most farmers are currently involved in land preparation exercises and sowing of their fields, where most fuel is being used compared to the crop duration, so the increase is coming at a really bad time for the farmers.As reported, the fuel woes are compounded by challenges of readily accessing fertilisers owing to financial challenges.The RPA has since said that the “good life” that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government promised was wanting, adding that the Administration’s inaction on the matter was not an option.In April 2017, Mahaica farmers, whose main source of income is rice, along with cash crops, said that the taxation measures were “harsh” to them.