Esterhazy, SK – April 16, 2009 — Parkland College is pleased to announce that 7 of 8 apprentices, who recently completed their Level 4 Technical Training in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Rural Apprenticeship Program at Parkland College in Esterhazy, are newly minted Journeypersons in their trade. The 8 apprentices wrote the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) interprovincial exam at the end of January and the results achieved are an outstanding success rate for the trade.
The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Rural Apprenticeship program was locally delivered to serve the needs of employers in East-Central Saskatchewan. “Employers in the region have been increasing the number of apprentices in the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) trade and were requesting local delivery of Apprenticeship Technical Training”, explained Skills Training Manager – Industrial & Trades, Darrell Landels.
“Discussions between the employers, Parkland College and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) in the spring of 2005 resulted in a public/private delivery partnership that set up the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Rural Apprenticeship program as a pilot”, said Landels. “The four year program began in 2005, but with the demand for local training from industry partners a second cohort of apprentices was started in 2008.” Demand indicates a potential for an additional 18 – 24 apprentices each year for the next four years.
The Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Rural Apprenticeship pilot was established on five guiding principles: A learner centered approach; strong support from local industry as partners in delivery, decentralization, innovation, and customization of training delivery; addressing of individual learning needs and challenges; and quality delivery maintained to industry standards and the approved Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission curriculum.
Landels said the success of the Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Rural Apprenticeship program has hinged on the commitment and resources that all the partners have brought to the table to support the program over the past four years. “Crucial to the success has been industry support, which included supplying training equipment, training aides, journeyperson employees as instructors and mentors, and access to facilities for training.” Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, in conjunction with the College and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, played a huge part in the success by dedicating significant amounts of monetary, coordination and development resources to the program. Equally important was the contribution and commitment to learning by the apprentices who supported and worked with the program as it grew and provided valuable feedback after each delivery.