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News Release - Manitoba

June 10, 2022


The Manitoba government is proud to recognize the exemplary work and dedication of newly certified journeypersons along with the employers who mentored them, Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration Minister Jon Reyes announced last night at the Legislative Building during the 30th annual Apprenticeship Highest Achievement Awards ceremony.

“Your perseverance while maintaining high performance in your respective trades is commendable and I am delighted we can celebrate your hard work,” said Reyes in his speech to the award winners. “The department remains dedicated to the continuous improvement and modernization of our apprenticeship and certification system. Together, we continue to build the future of a strong Manitoba labour market.”

The ceremony recognized 34 newly certified journeypersons who were the highest-achieving graduates in their respective trades, academic accomplishments and on-the-job performance.

In addition, two awards were presented to individuals achieving the highest standing on the certification exam through the trades qualification stream. Jonathan Siemens received the Ron Krishka Memorial Award for the trade of carpenter. Igor Gerber, a journeyperson automotive service technician, received the Internationally Experienced Tradesperson Award.

“Each award winner exemplifies the highest quality performance in the apprenticeship and certification system,” said Reyes. 

The employers and mentors who contributed to the success of the journeypersons being honoured were also recognized at the event. Reyes noted their contribution to the technical training of apprentices is integral to building a skilled workforce in our province.

“Manitoba’s apprenticeship system recognizes the importance of apprenticeship training to address Manitoba’s labour market demands and remains responsive to industry needs,” said Harvey Miller, chair, Apprenticeship and Certification Board. Miller encouraged the newly certified journeypersons to pass on their experience by mentoring the next generation of apprentices.

Apprenticeship is a work-based post-secondary training program that leads to a certificate of Qualification in a skilled trade. Apprenticeship Manitoba offers 55 trade programs.

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