Thursday, November 28, 2013

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On Sept. 20, 2103, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the presence of Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB) in an industrial area near Pearson International Airport in Mississauga.

The CFIA is working with other federal departments and provincial and municipal governments to survey the area and determine next steps.

The ALHB can attack several common species of hardwood trees, such as maple. It eventually kills infested trees. It can fly short distances but can also spread through the movement of infested wood.

Signs of infestation may include perfectly round exit holes (about 3/8 to 1/2 in. diameter) made by adult beetles when they emerge from trees; pockmarks on tree trunks and branches where female beetles deposit eggs; frass produced by larval feeding and tunneling; early fall colouration of leaves or dead branches, and running sap produced by the tree at the egg laying sites, or in response to larval tunneling.

Between 2003 and 2007, ALHB was known to exist in the cities of Toronto and Vaughan. A quarantine area was established and control efforts were undertaken. Based on international standards, the pest was considered eradicated from this area in 2013 after not being detected for five years.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Some unfilled Apprenticeships in the Western Region

Job # level 
Trade x
13845 1st year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Guelph
13824 1st year Construction Craftworker  2 in Guelph
13819 1st year Residential Air Conditioning Sys. Mech.  2 in Waterloo
13818 1st year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Waterloo
13817 0 year Automotive Glass Technician 1 in Guelph
13816 2nd year Auto Body Repairer 1 in Hamilton
13812 0 year Auto Body Repairer 1 in Hamilton
13807 4th year Industrial Mechanic Millwright 1 in Stratford
13806 4th year Industrial Electrician 1 in Stratford
13788 2nd year General Carpenter 2 in Rockwood
13769 3rd year General Carpenter 1 in Waterloo
13759 1st year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Cambridge
13741 0 year Hairstylist 1 in Hamilton
13708 0 year Cabinet Maker 1 in Guelph
13698 3rd year Truck & Coach Technician 2 in Hamilton
13695 1st year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Guelph
13683 2nd year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Breslau
13682 3rd year Automotive Service Technician 1 in Auburn
13680 2nd year Plumber 4 in Dundas
13678 2nd year Truck Trailer Service Technician 2 in Baden

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Massiv Die-Form Winner of Min/MTCU award

Winner of Min/MTCU award

Massiv Die-Form, Brampton - Massiv Die-Form designs and builds dies and equipment to support the global automotive manufacturing market, and has been involved in apprenticeship for over 25 years. The company has conducted outreach to local high schools, formed relationships with several colleges, offered co-op placements, hired summer students and most recently has participated in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

Massiv Die-Form is also an employer and has hired from our site:

“We’re expecting at a serious shortage of machinists and tool and die makers in the future, and it’s good to know where to look when we need to hire,” said Lori Dunnet, Human Resources Generalist for Massiv Die-Form in Brampton.

Lori turned to recently when her company needed an apprentice machinist. “You don’t have to be a computer genius to use this website,” she said, “it’s definitely user-friendly. And it’s great that it works both ways – you can contact applicants and they can contact you through the site. We found what we were looking for on apprenticesearch.”

Massiv Die-Form is part of Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International. The company designs and builds dies and equipment to support the global automotive manufacturing market, and employs 300 people at its Brampton location.

With future growth expected, Lori Dunnet knows the importance of retaining long-term employees. “We have many workers who have been with us for years,” she said. “We like to groom our apprentices from the ground up. We provide excellent training and a very competitive wage and benefits package.  Apprenticeship training is and will be a very important part of what we do here.”

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's National Skilled Trades Week November 4-10

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Skilled Trades Open House

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When: Thurs, Nov 7  5:30–8 pm
Where: 860 Harrington Court, Burlington

In celebration of National Trades and Technology Week (November 4-10, 2013), The Centre for Skills and Development is hosting a Skilled Trades Open House on Thurs, Nov 7 5:30–8 pm.

Drop by 860 Harrington Court in Burlington to tour the construction, electrical and machine shops where pre-apprenticeship students spend the majority of their time learning through hands-on training. Meet the instructors, learn about the programs and enter a raffle to win prizes from Work Authority of Burlington and RONA.

 Displays and handouts will be available on the following Centre programs and partners:
  • Home Renovation
  • Electrical
  • Industrial Millwright Mechanic/Machinist
  • Women In Skilled Trades: Enhanced General Carpentry
  • Get In Gear: Career Exploration for Youth (ages 17-30)
  • Doorways Academic Upgrading
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • (offered by the Halton Industry Education Council)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Some unfilled Apprenticeships in the Western Region

Job # Trade # years

13759 Auto Service Tech 1st year in Cambridge x 1
13754 General Machinist 0 year in Kitchener x 1
13741 Hairstylist 0 year in Hamilton x 1
13720 Electrician 1st year in Guelph x 1
13713 Electrician 2nd year in Cambridge x 1
13708 Cabinetmaker 0 year in Guelph x 1
13698 Truck & Coach Tech 3rd year in Hamilton x 2

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