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EXPERT ADVICE INSIDE MAY 2012 Columnist Ron McGowan explores the decline of the 20th-century job 4 3 Dragon’s Den small-biz hopefuls 4 What not to wear to a job interview 5 SHARE YOUR Surrey Bollywood could mean jobs 6 SUCCESS STORY with our readers for a chance to win a $50 restaurant gift certificate. Send your job success story and a photo to before May 25, 2012. WIN 50 $ Aerospace seeks savvy recruits LEARN MORE ➧ GET THE JOB DINNER GIFT CERTIFICATE How to brands yourself well 6 Over 40 and out of work? 7 University degree may not “work” 10 Trading up Major projects throughout province may spark need for more tradespeople Photo CANSTOCK BY NOA GLOUBERMAN Growth in various industries throughout British Columbia means skilled trades workers – and students thinking about their career options – may look forward to future employment. With plans for everything from ships to ski resorts to power projects in the works, more and more tradespeople will be needed to build – and, in some cases, staff – all sorts of new ventures. According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation – which recently announced that a record-breaking number of skilled tradespersons qualified as journeypersons this year – 104,600 or so trades jobs should open in B.C. in the next decade. This thanks to major projects like the federal shipbuilding contract won by Seaspan and the Northwest Transmission Line, which are creating trades jobs – now and in the coming years – that need to be filled by skilled men and women. “There are great opportunities in our province for skilled workers, and now more than ever we need men and women to choose a career in the trades,” said Minister Pat Bell. “Whether you’re entering the workforce for the first time, re-entering it or changing careers, there is an opportunity in the trades for you. It’s an exciting career path, and it’s great to see that this year we’re seeing a record-breaking number of apprentices qualifying for their certification.” Nearly 8,760 certificates of qualification were awarded by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in 2011-12 – the highest number of certificates awarded since the ITA was established in 2004 – at a time when the provincial economy needs them the most. A certificate of qualification, known Community Mental Health and Addictions Worker diploma program It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is. – Hermann Hesse In partnership with PHS Community Services Society and the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, this unique curriculum has been prepared to support individuals with mental heath challenges and addictions. Based on the input received from these industry partners, this program has been specifically designed to prepare students – philosophically, mentally/intellectually, emotionally, and experientially – for a successful career with longevity and the potential for advancement. Apply for a full tuition scholarship Change your life today! In partnership with: Call today: 604-580-2772 · Over 94% of our grads are employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation. on the job site as a “ticket,” is a credential issued to skilled tradespersons who meet industry-developed standards for theoretical knowledge and workplace proficiency within a trade, either by completing an apprenticeship or a challenge assessment. With it, a tradesperson can command full market value as a journeyperson and act as a mentor for other apprentices. “This milestone achievement provides evidence that B.C.’s industry training system is performing at the level required to meet see Highest page 2

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