The Bicycle Thief stands out for their unwavering support to the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia. Meaghan Martell, Head Chef, always has our Industry Training Consultant (ITC) meet with her new hires to discuss the apprenticeship pathway in Nova Scotia and to also offer the new hires an opportunity to meet our ITC and learn about the Agency’s programs and services. Meaghan is confident and committed to apprenticeship in Nova Scotia. She often supports diverse apprentices and encourages her fellow Red Seal Chefs to hire and train apprentices. Thank you Bicycle Thief for taking a proactive approach to the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia.
Belfor is the largest restoration company in the world and has a proactive approach to apprenticeship training in Nova Scotia as they encourage their new hires to register as an apprentice. The Industry Training Consultant who works closely with Belfor is often invited to meet with groups of newly hired individuals to discuss the apprenticeship pathway in Nova Scotia. Due to their commitment to apprenticeship training, Belfor has supported many employees to complete their apprenticeship program through to completion of their Red Seal.
Newman Electric has been in business for more than 25 years and during that time they have successfully supported many apprentices through to completion of their Red Seal. They employ over 40 certified electricians in the Halifax Regional Municipality, and remain a locally owned and operated company. Their electricians have the knowledge and experience of a large company, while still maintaining the commitment to integrity, safety, and quality you expect from a smaller shop. Newman Electric also has a strict safety policy and has the NSCSA Certificate of Recognition. Currently, Newman Electric has eight apprentices enrolled in the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia and have recently taken on an apprentice from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) and a new female apprentice. Their employees recognize that Newman Electric is committed to supporting them in their learning, resulting in a low turnover.
Born and bred in Atlantic Canada, Iron Dog has been providing superior mechanical systems services since 1971. Currently, Iron Dog has over 30 employees ranging from tradespeople in the Gasfitter, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Plumber and Oil Heat System Technician trades. Owner, Gord Gamble works closely with our Industry Training Consultant to set up regular, consistent meetings with their apprentices to discuss each individuals apprenticeship program. Gord is engaged, actively involved, and plays an integral role in the success of each apprentice. Due to Iron Dog’s commitment to apprenticeship training, they have successfully supported many apprentices through to completion of their Red Seal. Currently, Iron Dog has 14 apprentices in the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia including diverse apprentices. Thank you Iron Dog for supporting the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia.
Department of National Defence
Department of National Defence (DND) recognizes the need for a skilled workforce in Nova Scotia and has taken steps to train many tradespersons in many different trades. Diane Dow, Work Center Supervisor, Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott, has been busy registering apprentices over the past few years with a projected 50 new apprenticeship registrations from September 2018 – June 2019. The Apprenticeship Program is used to replenish the DND workforce; hiring apprentices in trades such as Naval Mechanical (Millwright) Technician, Marine Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, Marine/Industrial Electrician, Machinist, Sheet Metal Technician, Welder and Marine Pipefitter. There are further training and development opportunities which prepares their tradespersons for other roles within the organization. For example, a tradesperson could advance to Planning & Estimating, Engineering Technology or Supervisory and Management positions, where there is interest.
Marrimac Fire Protection Ltd. is a strong company built on a commitment to customer satisfaction and workmanship. Marrimac Fire Protection Ltd is a full service company with 30+ years experience specializing in Inspections of sprinkler systems, Testing of Fire pumps & Hydrants to NFPA25 code regulations as well as sprinkler repairs & renovations. Under the direction of Charlene MacDonald and Terry Marriott, Terry, who has been a licensed technician since 1989, Marrimac is a company based on honesty, integrity & safety. Marrimac has been committed to training their apprentices in the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia for 30 years. Marrimac fully trains, supports and employs their tradespeople full time, year round. Terry has been instrumental in the building and supporting the careers of numerous Journeyman since 1989 and he is proud of the workforce he has helped create.
Breton Diesel, a locally owned and operated business since 2013, currently employs 3 Red Seal Truck & Transport mechanics, 1 Red Seal Heavy Equipment Technician and 3 apprentice Truck and Transport Mechanics. Jeff MacPhee, the owner of Breton Diesel, believes it is important for all employees to enroll into the apprenticeship program because it gives them the chance to learn skills and gain experience while they earn money and work alongside skilled journeypersons. Jeff works closely with the Agency to support his apprentices by having regular meetings and keeping up to date on hours and training. Jeff allows his apprentices any time they need to attend school, often having more then one apprentice attend training at the same time. Jeff believes “the more experienced our employees are the more valuable they are to our company” and will continue to support apprentices with Breton Diesel now and in the future.
Midway Motors is a locally owned family operated business with locations in Middle River and Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton. Midway Motors is celebrating 90 years of service this year! Scott MacDonald and his team recognize that customers have high expectations and they aim to meet or exceed those expectations by ensuring quality workmanship every time a vehicle is serviced. Commitment to quality service is demonstrated by encouraging their apprentices to progress and become certified. Apprentices are 100% supported to attend training, both apprenticeship training and dealership training, to enhance their skills as Automotive Service Technicians. In 2019, two apprentices employed with Midway Motors successfully completed their apprenticeships as Automotive Service Technicians and continue to be employed by Midway Motors providing quality automotive service to their customers.
Waycobah First Nation
Waycobah First Nation has been actively promoting Apprenticeship over the past number of years, led by Susan GooGoo. Susan is a true champion! Susan is a believer in her community, the people and its future. She is also a believer in the benefits apprenticeship can bring to the lives of those who choose to pursue it. Always available to anyone who wishes to discuss this as a career option she is the voice of the Apprenticeship Agency in Waycobah and beyond. Susan continues to be a driving force to remove barriers faced by First Nation youth and through her drive and commitment increase participation in trades. Waycobah continues to pursue opportunities for community members to participate and a particular need for housing construction and repair has seen a large-scale increase of participation in the Carpentry Trade. The community currently has 21 apprentices registered in a variety of trades working for contractors both inside and outside the community.
D.J. & Sons Carpentry Ltd.
D. J. MacLean & Sons Carpentry Ltd is a family run business that has been active and successful in apprenticeship for many years. They give their apprentices the opportunity to learn and grow as they progress on their journey to certification. Their service area covers all of Cape Breton Island and beyond doing both Residential and Commercial contracting. David MacLean is always available to discuss progression of his apprentices and encourages his employees to achieve Red-Seal certification. They have an extremely competent staff who are always ready to mentor their co-workers.
Paul Landry is carrying on the family run business that has been in operation for many years providing full Plumbing & Heating services including HVAC on Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia. Landry Brothers Ltd has been extremely active and supportive of their apprentices taking in class training. Paul and his staff provide the necessary support, mentoring and encouragement required to successfully complete their apprenticeship and progress to Red-Seal certification. Landry Brothers encourages and supports their employees in multi trade certifications.
Upham’s Carstar Quality Collision Service
Upham’s Carstar operates three locations in Onslow, Truro and New Glasgow. Marty Upham and his team are dedicated to the apprenticeship program, supporting multiple apprentices in Truck and Transport Mechanics, Heavy Duty Equipment Technicians, Auto Body and Collision Technicians, and Automotive Service Technicians through to certification. Marty has a vested interest in the technical training provided to apprentices andis dedicated to seeing these apprentices through to certification. He is committed to lifelong learning and his certified technicians are trained to work on all makes and models of cars and participate in ongoing education programs on the latest vehicle technologies and materials.
Ross Refrigeration Ltd.
Successfully serving Northwestern Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for over 35 years, Ross Refrigeration Ltd. is a commercial and industrial refrigeration expert, from walk-in coolers and freezers to refrigeration units, installations and repairs. The team at Ross Refrigeration Ltd. is a group of employees well-experienced in numerous trades, including: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics, Welders, Construction Electricians, Power Engineers, Oil Heat System Technicians, and Sheet Metal Workers, , Ralph Ross has helped many Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics through the apprenticeship program to certification, including diverse individuals – including hiring and assisting the first female Power Engineer in Nova Scotia through to certification. Ralph takes pride in the fact that as a journeyperson, he can mentor apprentices through the training they need to become certified.
Seacrest Electric Ltd is a locally owned electrical company operating from the Tatamagouche area since 2006. Dan McNutt, owner of Seacrest Electric offers a wide range of services including residential, commercial and industrial repairs and new construction. The Seacrest team consists of Construction Electricians with many years of experience and has a long history of hiring apprentices, in both the Construction Electrician and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic trades. Seacrest Electric is actively committed to the apprenticeship system, guiding their apprentices through practical work experience and supporting apprentices during technical training. Dan McNutt ensures that Seacrest goes above and beyond their role to assist their apprentices to certification.
Beloved Construction was established in 2012 by Steven Pointon. Steve is dedicated to completing projects (large or small) with quality results, on time, and within budget. Steve’s team is professional and reliable, and always works within the customer’s constraints and ensures that Beloved always stay on the job until it's done to client satisfaction. Steve Pointon has been a tireless advocate for the apprenticeship program in Nova Scotia. He often hires apprentices from the diverse communities, has a commitment to mentoring apprentices, and goes above and beyond his role to assist his apprentices through their journey. Steve is also a recent graduate of the Atlantic Trades Business Seal (Blue Seal) program.
DeCoste Electrical and Ventilation Ltd.
DeCoste Electrical & Ventilation Ltd. is a local family-owned business dedicated to delivering safe, reliable services to both commercial and residential customers in Antigonish, Guysborough and neighboring communities. In every job DeCoste takes on, a team of trained and professional tradespeople bring experience, professionalism, and reliability to the jobsite. DeCoste Electrical and Ventilation Ltd. is a busy shop with and has 5 Construction Electrician apprentices. Kevin DeCoste takes the role of on the job training seriously and is committed to the health and safety of his staff. . DeCoste often takes summer students from High School co-op programs, direct entry apprentices and apprentices enrolled in the apprenticeship program. He ensures that they are taught the job skills and are prepared for their technical training.
Henry’s Service Centre (2018) Ltd. (NAPA)
Henry Overmars has operated an automotive service centre in Lower South River for over 40 years. Henry’s Service Centre is dedicated to hiring apprentices in the Automotive Service Technician trade and has seen many through to certification. Certified and highly qualified technicians have the state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, tools, and expertise to prevent costly automotive repairs. Henry’s Service Centre is dedicated to hiring Automotive Service Technician apprentices and follows their apprentices through their on-the-job training, focusing on the practical skills that will allow the apprentices to work safely. Henry’s Service Centre (2018) Ltd. are dedicated to seeing their apprentices through to certification, providing top notch Red Seal journey persons to train these apprentices.
Rhyno’s Ltd. is a family owned and operated business that has served the South Shore since Harry Rhyno opened it back in the 1970’s. In recent years, Rhyno’s has grown from a small locally-based company to a medium-sized regionally-focused company. Not only has Rhyno’s supported their apprentices, they have changed their processes and policies to ensure apprentices are well supported and the company remains compliant with the Act and Regulations. Rhyno’s Ltd is also adopting a new diversity policy to adapt to the changing reality of the trades. In addition to a new structural approach, Rhyno’s has been working on their corporate culture to create an environment where staff can share their knowledge, feel safe to share ideas and feel like part of a fair progressive team – a collaborative learning approach. Rhyno’s is named as a champion employer because of their commitment to the apprenticeship system in Nova Scotia. . Rhyno’s employs many apprentices across various trades and supports many of their apprentices to reach certification.
Bridgewater Honda is a company with a goal in mind. That goal is to encourage and embrace female participation in the automotive sector. Michelle Monroe, Service Manager, promotes positive change to be inclusive and accepting of diversity. Michelle understands the barriers facing women in the Automotive trades and is working to reduce as many barriers as she can. Bridgewater Honda currently has two female automotive service technicians working in their service center. Michelle’s recent efforts have seen a new energy and an improved partnership with the Agency to work together to grow their service center and dealership. Although turnover of staff at Bridgewater Honda is rare, when the opportunity arises, Bridgewater Honda will make it their priority to add new apprentices, especially from diversity groups.
Tilia Builders is a small but fast-growing construction company from the South Shore. As recruitment strategies for skilled tradespersons is a challenge for many trades along the South Shore, Tilia has done well to recruit and retain staff. Tilia’s owners recognize that the Carpentry trade in rural Nova Scotia is underrepresented by people from diverse backgrounds and see diversity, not only as an opportunity, but as a strength that contributes to their success. Tilia’s leadership team is eager to champion this change in this male dominated trade and are promoting and engaging people from diverse backgrounds. The company has written and adopted company policies to be more reflective of the needs of female tradespersons and has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for behaviour that is disrespectful – from their own staff to the subcontractors they use. Tilia’s ownership team has offered to work with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency to ensure the success of the carpentry trade in Nova Scotia. The company recognizes the benefits of a successful apprenticeship program from the pre-apprentice programs to apprenticeship training pathways through the Agency.
Custom Machine & Tool
Custom Machine & Tool is a company built on a commitment to customer satisfaction and workmanship. They were nominated as a Champion Employer for the support and encourgement they provide to their apprentices to attain certification. Business owner, Charlie Mason, has advised that over his last 55 years in the industry, he has trained over 65 apprentices. Charlie feels it’s incredibly important for apprentices to be learning the trade hands-on. He is proponent of direct-entry and is willing to give young people a chance in the trades providedthey show up to work with a great attitude. He believes thateach individual brings a different experience to their workplace.
Canning Auto has been in business for over 45 years starting in the 1970s with Mark Cruikshanks’s parents and now operated by Mark and Angela Cruikshank. . They continue to be a very supportive and encouraging business that encourages their apprentices to complete their training and obtain their certification. Since 2003, they have supported 4 apprentices in becoming certified in the automotive service technican trade.