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TimminsPress.com: Program showcases career in skilled trades

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 A group of local students learned there's another option besides going to university or college for traditional academics. Nine students from Grades 7 and 8 participated in a week-long program hosted by Skills Canada Ontario. The program, which started on Monday, plans to show youth what skilled trades are all about through workshops and activities. The program is being held at Collège Boréal's Timmins Campus.

 

Emily Collard, a liaison officer with Skills Canada Ontario, said the program gives students an opportunity to learn about the skilled trades since it's not something normally taught in school. She explained that not all skilled trades involve heavy machinery.

CBC.ca: Housing starts in St. John's hit lowest numbers in 6 years

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 New-home construction in St. John's hit a wall in 2014, dropping to the lowest number of starts in the last six years, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing. Building starts in the city were down 17 per cent at the end of July. However, Coun. Bruce Tilley, the chair of the city's economic development committee, said there's no reason for concern.

TheTelegram.com: Deaf St. John's native lauds employer for support

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 Rod Forsey hopes the story of his son Graham's success will inspire other students who are uncertain about their future because of a physical challenge. Graham Forsey, originally from St. John’s, has landed a job with Whirlpool in Benton, Mich. After winning academic awards and achieving a perfect grade point average at university, Graham Forsey, who is deaf, started work at Whirlpool Corp., at the company's headquarters in Benton Harbour, Mich

Newswire.ca: Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador launch the Canada Job Grant to help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians get jobs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Kevin O'Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, today announced that Newfoundland and Labrador is now accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant and are encouraging employers to apply.

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. The Canada Job Grant represents a partnership between government and employers to train people for available jobs.

AtlanticFarmFocus.ca: NL cranberry industry seeks future with secondary processing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 The number of farms involved in the cranberry industry in Newfoundland and Labrador has grown significantly over the last 20 years — spurred by provincial and federal funding programs for new farms and expansions.
And the province is currently (mid-August) working on another go-around for cranberry farm funding.

Cranberry acreage has moved from about 45 to 50 acres before the completed programs, to more than 250 acres today, operating at various levels of production. Farmers say this year is poised for a strong yield from the existing crops, with an extra kick from a sunny July, but their industry has yet to get to where it needs to be for long-term success.

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