Parkland College Purchased Shares of Western Trade Training Institute

Western Trade Training Institute (WTTI) of Saskatoon was recently purchased by Parkland College, a regional college located in the east-central region of the province with campuses located in Melville, Yorkton, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy and Canora.

WTTI has been a family-owned business operated by a husband and wife team, Ron and Vicki Chyz. “I am very pleased that Parkland College will continue to deliver Crane and Hoist apprenticeship training through Western Trade Training Institute to meet the needs of industry in Saskatchewan,” Vicki Chyz said.

The company will remain an independent private vocational institute owned by the Regional College. While operated by Parkland College, WTTI will continue to employ instructional staff whose qualifications, credentials, knowledge, and abilities meet defined standards acceptable to the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, industry, and WTTI.

“WTTI is a well established training provider throughout the province of Saskatchewan”, Parkland College President Fay Myers said. “We see great potential to expand the business in-service portion, broadening training across Saskatchewan and further into Alberta and Manitoba.”

“By acquiring WTTI, Parkland College is expanding its training capacity and the pool of skilled workers that Saskatchewan needs to continue building a knowledge economy,” Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Rob Norris said. “This is a great example of collaborative and applied learning opportunities that help connect learners to jobs in our strong economy.”

WTTI has a protocol agreement with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission to deliver apprenticeship level training and upgrade in Crane & Hoist Operator trade and related sub-trades. The training is accredited by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and is an industry certification.

“I’m very pleased that Parkland College has acquired Western Trade Training Institute. I am looking forward to the renewal of training to support Saskatchewan’s crane industry,” Joe Black, CEO of Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, said.

 

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Parkland College and Good Spirit School Division Sign Learning Alliance

In celebration of Education Week – “Reading More into Education”, Parkland College and Good Spirit School Division signed a Learning Alliance on Oct. 28th.

The Learning Alliance will enable both parties to support initiatives of common interest furthering the principles and practices of high quality education and training in their respective jurisdictions. “Parkland College and the Good Spirit School Division have a strong history of co-operation. The signing of the Learning Alliance creates a framework for enhanced collaboration that will benefit the students from Parkland College and the Good Spirit School Division,” explained Dwayne Reeve, Director of Education, Good Spirit School Division.

“Strong partnerships are most important to Parkland College in providing high quality education and training. We are very pleased to take our partnership with Good Spirit School Division one step further in signing this Learning Alliance to support initiatives and practices of common interest,” Parkland College President, Dr. Fay Myers said.

This alliance will support the work of trustees and governors in areas of effective governance strategies, board member orientation, professional development opportunities, strategic planning, advocacy strategies, policy and process development, and evaluation.

The Learning Alliance will also support the work of senior administration to explore, enhance, and refine organizational practices in areas including joint use/development of facilities, joint program development and delivery, joint staff development and recruitment, services to students in such areas as childcare, career development, English as a Second Language and regional opportunities and needs identification.

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Saskatchewan Regional Colleges Enrol with Aboriginal Employment Development

Enrolment is up again for Aboriginal Employment Development (AED) as the Ministry of First Nations and Metis Relations welcomed seven Saskatchewan Regional Colleges as the newest partners at a partnership agreement signing today in Saskatoon. The signing is unprecedented in terms of the number of educational institutions coming together to increase First Nations and Metis employment, which in turn will support Saskatchewan’s growing economy. Signing the AED partnership agreement today are Carlton Trail Regional College, Cumberland College, Great Plains College, Northlands College, North West Regional College, Parkland College and Southeast Regional College. These colleges span the province and include all regions.

“Having the Regional Colleges come on board is important to the growing success of AED,” First Nations and Metis Relations Minister June Draude said. “As employers, they will work to open their institutions to more First Nations and Metis employees and First Nations and Metis suppliers of goods and services. As training centres of excellence they will develop the targeted training that will graduate people with the skills needed to help keep Saskatchewan’s economy growing.”

“The Regional Colleges are working with First Nations and Metis communities to make sure our workplaces are prepared to welcome many more Aboriginal employees,” Parkland College president and chair of the Council of CEOs Dr. Fay Myers said. “Not only will this help to address our future human resources needs, but it will provide us with greater understanding when we develop training programs to meet the needs of employers who are trying themselves to seize the growing economic development opportunities across Saskatchewan.”

“This supports our strategy to sustain our growing economy by building a high-quality post-secondary system that meets the needs of learners and employers,” Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said. “It also emphasizes the commitment of our institutions to educate and train our First Nations and Metis people so they can participate in the labour market.” The Aboriginal Employment Development initiative is focused on bringing the under-trained and largely untapped First Nations and Metis workforce into play to support Saskatchewan’s growing economy.

Through workplace audits, existing AED employers and union partners will identify jobs into the future that will need trained employees. Educational institutions, including the Regional Colleges, can then develop and offer programs to give First Nations and Metis people the skills they need to compete successfully for the open positions. All AED partners work to identify and address barriers to training, hiring and retaining First Nations and Metis employees. The overarching goal is to see First Nations and Metis people achieve representation in the provincial workforce at all occupational levels in proportion to their population numbers.

With this signing, there are now 89 Aboriginal Employment Development partnership agreements in place. Agreements have been signed with public and private sector employers, organized labour, government ministries, First Nations and Metis organizations, post-secondary institutions and First Nations and Metis communities. Visit www.fnmr.gov.sk.ca/aedp/ to learn more.

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For more information, contact:
Sean St. George
First Nations and Metis Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-7177
Email: sstgeorge@gov.sk.ca