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November 1, 2016


November Proclaimed as Career and Workforce Development Month, Apprenticeship Recognition Week Part of Celebrations: Wishart

Manitoba’s new government will recognize the importance of initiatives to develop an educated, well-trained workforce during Career and Workforce Development Month and Apprenticeship Recognition Week, Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced today at a launch event organized by Manitoba Career Prospects.

“We are pleased to highlight the significant work being done in Manitoba to provide education and skilled training opportunities that contribute to quality jobs and a stronger economy,” said Wishart.  “A skilled labour force helps keep Manitoba’s economy competitive in an evolving global marketplace.”

Manitoba Career Prospects connects business and industry to educators, parents and students.  The program is run by the Manitoba Tourism Education Council on behalf of the industry.

A variety of events are being held across the province to mark Career and Workforce Development Month, including Take Our Kids to Work Day events, the Opening Doors Parents Career Information Expos, the Let’s Get to Work Symposium, Employer Cafes, networking events at Manitoba Start and other industry events that will connect youth, parents, educators and others to innovative and expanding industries.

As well, recipients of the Minister’s Workforce Development Excellence Award will be recognized at a celebration in November.  The award was established by Manitoba Education and Training in consultation with the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workforce Development, which provides information and advice to government about workforce trends, initiatives, policies and strategies for workforce development.  The award honours organizations that have demonstrated leadership in training, developed innovative programs or services, or fostered success in workforce development through education, training and career development, the minister said.

“Organizations like the Minister’s Advisory Council on Workforce Development and the Manitoba Tourism Education Council help provide pathways and opportunities for youth and adults to realize their career and workforce potential,” said Wishart.  “As employers become more engaged in career and workforce development, skills shortages can be better addressed.”

Career and Workforce Development Month includes the celebration of apprenticeship that takes place during Apprenticeship Recognition Week, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

“Industry, training institutions and government have the opportunity to recognize the individuals and associations dedicated to skilled trades industries and training in the province,” said Wishart.  “The apprenticeship experience creates many opportunities and opens the door to quality jobs and lasting careers.”

Two events will take place during Apprenticeship Recognition Week:

  • the official launch of the National Skilled Trades and Technology Week at Red River College, Notre Dame Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 2; and
  • the 10th annual Awards of Distinction on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the RBC Convention Centre.

The minister also noted that Winnipeg will host the National Skills Canada Competition from May 31 to June 2, 2017.

More information about the activities being held throughout November for Career and Workforce Development Month can be found on the calendar of events at

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