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IP Red Seal Video PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 April 2013 20:42

Preparing for the Red Seal exam videos

Our colleagues at the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Training Division have recently developed two videos on preparing for the Red Seal exam, including:

  • Using the National Occupational Analysis and
  • Getting Ready for the Exam

The videos are very helpful for anyone preparing to write a Red Seal exam. They can be found here.


SATCC Blog PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:42

Liz’s Blog – Respect

My advice to anyone who is thinking of working in the trade is to get signed up with Saskatchewan Apprenticeship right away. If you are working with a good company, the employer will want to sign you up once you have a few weeks under your belt. It’s so easy because all you have to do is hand in your hours to the SATCC every 4-6 months and when you’ve got enough hours, they will let you know when it’s time for you to go to school.

During the seven-week course I took in each level, there was in-class as well as shop training. The material that was taught was applicable to my trade. Some I had seen or done on the job while others were new. I found it very insightful to hear the experiences of the instructors as well as other people in my trade. The instructors were knowledgeable and very helpful because they were tradespeople themselves. The instructors never treated me differently because I was a woman. I was expected to do the work just as everyone else did which made me feel like I fit in. I didn’t want to be treated differently because I knew that I could do the work just as well as the other guys.

I found that working as a woman in a male dominated trade, at times I needed to work harder just to prove to the guys that I could do it. It was frustrating at times and I felt like quitting, but I wouldn’t let myself because I was working towards the goal of getting my journeyperson certification. That is what kept me going. It was definitely worth all the hard work and I have earned the respect from my colleagues and they treat me like “one of the guys.” They even request me to work alongside with them on jobs and that makes me feel respected for the work that I do.


Esthetician Training Deadline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:04

Esthetician Training Providers Certification annual reminder – January 15, 2013

The deadline for Esthetician certification for training providers has entered its final year.

On January 15, 2009, Esthetician-  Skin Care Technician and Esthetician – Nail Technician became designated trades in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), along with the Esthetician Curriculum and Examination Development Board, have reviewed curriculum standards for a number of Esthetician training programs in the province. Technical training credit has been awarded to several Esthetician programs. As a result, graduates of the accredited programs that are seeking journeyperson status will receive technical training credit hours towards the total time spent in the trade.

Once the trade became designated, the instructor credential required is a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification. Training providers were provided a five year grace period for their Esthetician instructors to obtain their journeyperson credential. That deadline is fast approaching (January 15, 2014).

Please note that, in order to maintain technical training credit, training providers will be required to prove that all Esthetician training personnel in their institutions have their journeyperson status in the Esthetician trade area(s) in which they teach. These credentials will be required within the next year (by January 15, 2014). This is in cooperation between the SATCC and the Private Vocational Schools Branch, Ministry of Advanced Education. Pursuant to The Private Vocational Schools Regulations Act, 1995. Thus, an instructor of skin care will be required to have journeyperson status as an Esthetician – Skin Care Technician, and an instructor in nail technology will be required to have journeyperson status as an Esthetician – Nail Technician.

For more information on technical training credit or instructor credentials, please contact:

Program Development Unit
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade
Certification Commission
603 – 45th Street West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  S7L 5W5

Tel: (306) 933-8458/8476
Fax: (306) 933-7663

NAC on FACEBOOK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:19

Good Afternoon Everyone:


I am currently in the process of making a Facebook page and would like everyone connected with NAC to join to stay in touch with us here at NAC.   I believe all you have to do is go to the page and  “Like” it, and every time I put an update on it, it will show up on your Facebook page.  This will be a good way to keep in contact with us, and to  know when we are going to be traveling to your communities.  It will also be good for those of you that may be looking for employment.,as we get employers asking for apprentices, and this will be a good way to forward that information.   This will also be a good way to remind you to send in trade time, and to keep in contact when phone numbers and addresses change.  The page is a work in progress so please bear with me while I work on it.  Please pass this information on to anyone you think would benefit from it.


For employers following this page, it may be beneficial  for when businesses like Northern Career Quest or GDIE offer wage subsidies.


To get to the facebook page just click on the link,      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Apprenticeship-Committee/100216113475982


Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 20:21
Labour Market Needs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 15:37

Labour Market Needs

Our numbers have grown, but as the labour market continues to expand, the competition for skilled workers is expected to increase. Forecasting
from various sectors indicate a great need in skilled workers.  While numbers are not comparative, the construction sector estimates
a need for 6,100 new skilled tradespersons between now and 2020.   In 2011 the mining sector, who is in direct competition for the same skilled
tradespeople, forecasted a need for 1,600 new skilled tradespersons in just one year. Oil and gas industry estimates there will be approximately
6,000 Saskatchewan-based jobs which will need to be filled by 2020 (no breakdown of how many will be for skilled tradespersons).

Construction statistics source: Construction Sector Council “Construction Looking Forward 2012-2020 Key Highlights – Saskatchewan.”
Mining statistics source: Saskatchewan Mining Industry Hiring Requirements and Talent Availability Forecasts 2011, Pages 38-39
Oil & Gas statistics source: Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada – “The Decade Ahead: Labour Market Projections and Analysis for Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry to 2020 March 2011” PowerPoint.

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