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Apprenticeship in ACTION

Sask Apprenticeship Sask Apprenticeship @SKApprentice Winter 2017



Lorne Figley..............................................................1 Jeff Ritter...................................................................2 New SYA Industry Scholarship Donors...........4 SIIT 100th Apprentice Celebration...................4 Sarah Nagy................................................................5 Amendments to Regulations.............................7

A-22.2 REG 3

The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations, 2003 being Chapter A-22.2 Reg 3 (effective June 12, 2003) as amended by Saskatchewan Regulations 104/2007, 47/2010 and 91/2016.


This consolidation is not official. Amendments have been incorporated for convenience of reference and the original statutes and regulations should be consulted for all purposes of interpretation and application of the law. In order to preserve the integrity of the original statutes and regulations, errors that may have appeared are reproduced in this consolidation.

Lorne Figley

“Learn something new at least once a year, even if it’s how to roll a ball of wool!” Lifelong learning is the motto lived by 93-year-old Lorne Figley.

Mr. Figley’s achievements started by completing Grade 12 (1941) and then enlisting in the army as a volunteer (1942-46). Upon returning, he looked at the skilled trades (1946) and never turned back. Mr. Figley obtained many certifications related to the skilled trades, including Journeyperson certificates for the Sheet Metal trade, Pipefitting trade, Plumbing trade and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

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Harmonization Update.......................................8 Did YOU Know?......................................................9 Prog. for Int’l Student Assessment............... 10 SYA Industry Scholarship Sponsors............. 10 Board of Directors & News Bites................... 11

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 issue of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission’s (SATCC) newsletter! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season— perhaps some of you even had the chance to escape to the mountains, or somewhere much warmer over the past couple of months.

We experienced a huge amount of generosity over the holiday season when it came to our Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarships. Thank you to all the organizations who have made recent donations. Your contributions are highlighted in this issue of Apprenticeship in Action.

At the SATCC, we are working hard to ensure that we’re serving our stakeholders as best we can in 2017. We need to make sure that our efforts are aligned, and that we are helping to create one of the best apprenticeship and certification systems in Canada.

Sarah Nagy, one of the spokespeople in our apprenticeship advertisements, is also featured in this newsletter. Sarah, based out of Biggar, is a Journeyperson Welder who co-owns her own business, Leading Edge Welding.

The SATCC’s current five-year strategic plan ends in June 2017. Consultations between industry stakeholders, the SATCC’s Senior Management Team and the SATCC’s Board of Directors are leading to the development of a refreshed Strategic Plan for 2017-22.

On behalf of everyone at the SATCC, I wish all of our readers the best for the rest of the winter season. Stay warm. Spring will be here before we know it!

Recent amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations, 2003—which came into effect November 2016— also help to enhance the efficiency of the apprenticeship system in Saskatchewan and across Canada. The two major amendments support increased worker mobility across Canada and also improve the accessibility of apprenticeship in Saskatchewan, giving workers in compulsory trades more time to meet the entrance requirements necessary to register as an apprentice.

In this issue, we also continue to highlight people who are participating in the apprenticeship and certification system. Our cover story highlights someone who has become familiar with the media spotlight in recent months: Lorne Figley. This past fall, Mr. Figley entered the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world’s oldest practicing Plumber.

Lorne Figley

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A dedicated learner, Mr. Figley also achieved certifications outside of the skilled trades, including his Certificate in Accounting and his Provincial Private Pilot License. His most recent certification occurred in October 2016 with recognition in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest practicing Plumber! A bit more on that later. What really interests Mr. Figley? “Nearly everything!” he said. He was always a 90s student in school, keen on physics, trigonometry and geometry. “I could read a book and know it. I loved solving problems.” He said that what really pushed him into the trades was the provincial government’s project to install natural gas pipelines throughout the province in 1951, which required all workers to complete many safety and certification exams. With savings from the army, Mr. Figley bought an established plumbing and heating company located at the five corners in Saskatoon – Broadway Heating Ltd. – that he continues to own and operate today! He hired three Journeyperson Plumbers and five Sheet Metal Worker apprentices, and indentured as a Plumber apprentice himself. “We manufactured and sold a lot of sheet metal fittings. It kept us going throughout the winter when outside jobs shut down.” “As an apprentice, I was registered in the Apprenticeship and Tradesmen’s Qualification Program, which was a part of the Provincial Apprenticeship Board. Frank Ellis was the Director who signed my Journeyperson certificates.”

“The world is made up of builders and consumers. I like to stay on the side of building things.” Lorne Figley

“When it was time for technical training I drove with four other apprentices to Moose Jaw on Monday for our nine-week sessions spread over five years. We lived in barren accommodations within walking distance from the Saskatchewan Technical Institute (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and drove home to Saskatoon Friday. Night classes were offered to apprentices that needed to improve their math skills. The ones that couldn’t manage were sent home.” Mr. Figley’s daughter, Tricia Koob, recalls what life was like with a father so devoted to the trades and his business. “Business was steady. We always had a second phone line for his business so he could answer calls 24 hours a day. Lots of nights and weekends he would be out fixing someone’s plumbing or heating. He never wanted anyone to be without heat or water. Dad would take my brothers and me to his shop on the weekends to hang out and ‘help.’ continued on page 8

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New SYA Industry Scholarship Donors The SATCC would like to give a big THANK YOU to the EIGHT latest contributors to the SYA Industry Scholarship: •

United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #179 - $1,000.00

Tarpon Energy Services $1,000.00

Saskatchewan Construction Association $10,000.00

PEAK Mechanical Partnership - $10,000.00

Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. (Airdrie, Alberta) - $4,000

Synergy Electric Corporation - $1,000

Industrial Parts & Equipment Ltd. $1,000

Breck Construction (previously under Breck Scaffolds Solutions) - $10,000

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If you would like to donate to the SYA Industry Scholarship, please complete and send us the donation form.

SIIT 100th Apprentice Celebration celebrate Blake Brass, the 100th Red Seal Endorsed Journeyperson to complete training through SIIT’s Joint Training Committee, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission. Blake is a Journeyperson Welder who resides in Wadena. Jeff Ritter, CEO, delivered remarks at the event and presented Blake with a small gift, including a congratulatory letter and a Red Seal pin, on behalf of the SATCC. The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies held a ceremony Thursday, December 15 to

Read about the event on the websites of Eagle Feather News and CBC.

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Sarah Nagy

Journeyperson Welder Sarah Nagy is in love with her work. She’s also in love with who she works with. In 2014, when she was only 24 years old, Sarah started her own business, Leading Edge Welding, with her partner, Chance Parenteau. Sarah and Chance met when they worked at the same welding shop in Saskatoon. The two now live on a farm west of Biggar, where they have their own shop space. Together, they’ve purchased and upgraded a mobile welding truck that allows them to bring tools to their customers and complete work on-location. They’ve also invested in shop tools so they have what they need to complete a variety of welding jobs. While there’s no typical work week for the pair, they can often be found in one of three places—in the

shop working on jobs, in the office planning jobs and preparing quotes and invoices, or working on location with their mobile welding truck. Sarah said a typical day “could be anything from ordering steel to doing our own maintenance and whatever our customers might need— from a repair to an idea for a project that they might have in mind. Anything and everything.” On whether or not they work well together, Sarah said it depends on the day, but overall, they share the same strong work ethic and have no trouble getting along. “We’re both learning together as well,” she said. “We’re a good support system for each other.” Sarah, 26 now, grew up in Saskatoon and graduated from Mount Royal Collegiate, which is where she first tested out the skilled trades. As a student, she took advantage of Mount Royal’s trades classes— welding, mechanics and an introductory trades course, learning to perform basic electrical repairs and carpentry. She knew she didn’t want to be restricted to a desk or an office, and enjoyed

the hands-on nature of the skilled trades. She said she was lucky that she discovered which trade she liked best—welding—early on. What’s even luckier is that she was offered a job in the trade at New Holland before she’d even graduated high school. She later indentured as an apprentice with Trimac Transportation, and completed most of her apprenticeship at Advance Engineered Products. Her apprenticeship, she said, went by quickly, and in 2014, she passed the certification exam to become a Journeyperson Welder. Now, three years after certification, Sarah and Chance are growing their business. They are building a new, larger shop in the spring. “We’re almost at the point now where we’re busy enough, we do need help,” Sarah said.

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Amendments to Apprenticeship Regulations On November 24, 2016, the Government of Saskatchewan approved amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations, 2003. The amendments were made as part of its commitment to ensuring a quality apprenticeship system in the province, and to reducing inter-provincial barriers to labour mobility. A number of local employers and their apprentices were guests at the announcement November 28 in the Saskatchewan Legislature to show their support for the amendments. The amendments support the Pan-Canadian Apprenticeship Mobility Protocol announced by Canada’s Premiers in 2015. This initiative is focused on improving the mobility of apprentices across the country through transparent, accessible and coherent processes.

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Other amendments are focused on ensuring the trades and trade names designated in the regulations are up to date. “The SATCC continually strives to enhance the apprenticeship and trade certification system in Saskatchewan,” SATCC Board Chair Drew Tiefenbach said. “These amendments allow us to better serve apprentices, both within and outside our province, by improving worker mobility and increasing the accessibility of the apprenticeship system.” 1


A-22.2 REG 3

The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Regulations, 2003 being Chapter A-22.2 Reg 3 (effective June 12, 2003) as amended by Saskatchewan Regulations 104/2007, 47/2010 and 91/2016.

Important amendments to the regulations include the following: •

Mobility of workers in Canada: Out-of-province apprentices registered in another province or territory in Canada will no longer be required to register with the SATCC in order to work in the province and gain the necessary on-thejob training hours toward certification. Accessibility of apprenticeship in Saskatchewan: Workers in compulsory trades will have more time to meet the educational requirements necessary to register as an apprentice. This allows more flexibility for those in extenuating circumstances, and the SATCC will work with them to develop individualized training plans and help them meet the educational requirements.


This consolidation is not official. Amendments have been incorporated for convenience of reference and the original statutes and regulations should be consulted for all purposes of interpretation and application of the law. In order to preserve the integrity of the original statutes and regulations, errors that may have appeared are reproduced in this consolidation.

Saskatchewan’s apprenticeship system has experienced significant growth since 2007-08, with the number of training seats increasing by 84 per cent. In 2015-16, SATCC trained more than 6,800 apprentices. Review the Regulations. The above information is adapted from the Government of Saskatchewan news release issued November 28, 2016.

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Lorne Figley continued I watched him make sheet metal work, and some looked like works of art.” Mr. Figley recalls being asked to sit on the Sheet Metal Trade Advisory Board in 1962 by the Minister of Labour. “There were only two of us on the Board and we really pushed for change with the exams. They used to be long essay answer and we pushed for a multiple choice format!” Currently, he still offers plumbing, heating and air conditioning service on a regular basis, and still has a business phone in his house, albeit he’s working at a more comfortable pace. Tricia said he often works for a coffee and piece of pie as he likes the interaction with seniors.

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What was Mr. Figley’s reaction to his new found fame? Humbly he replied, “It was only fifteen minutes of fame. The world is made up of builders and consumers. I like to stay on the side of building things.” And what advice does he have for young people looking at starting a career. “Learn the whole trade for mobility, not just a small component. And, if possible, learn more than one trade. That way, you can move from one trade to the other in a slow economy.” Now, the only person who can beat his record is himself! And, true to his spirit, he’ll be doing just that as soon as his 2017 application is approved by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Admiring his long dedication to the trades, Tricia decided to apply for the Guinness Book of World Records title for her Dad in October 2015. “If Guinness issues a world record, it is proven to the nth degree,” Tricia laughed. “I had hoped to keep it a secret from him, but when they requested more and more information, I had to tell him.” It took a year for the application to be approved.

Harmonization Update The Interprovincial Standards and Examination Committee (ISEC) under the direction of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) continue their work of aligning Phase Three trades, which are scheduled to implement Level 1 technical training by September 2018. The Phase Three trades include—Boilermaker, Concrete Finisher, Landscape Horticulturist, Sheet Metal Worker and Sprinkler System Installer.

proposed sequencing. On January 5, 2017, industry stakeholders and apprenticeship authorities met by webinar to resolve outstanding “red flag” issues which led to consensus regarding the sequencing of training. With sequencing in place, the process to receive final approvals is underway.

In early November, final sequencing recommendations for the Boilermaker trade were submitted to the CCDA for final approval. Approval was given for the final recommendations on November 25, 2016.

A curriculum sequencing workshop was held on January 20, 2017 to develop recommendations for the sequencing of technical training for Landscape Horticulturist. Recommendations from the workshop were compiled and sent to jurisdictions to review at the end of January. Provincial/Territorial feedback, using the Red Flag Report, is due in late February.

The Sprinkler System Installer trade is making excellent progress. After the Red Seal Occupational Standard Workshop, work commenced on reviewing the

Upcoming curriculum sequencing workshops in Ottawa include Sheet Metal Worker (February / March 2017).

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Sarah Nagy continued And when the time comes to bring additional skilled workers on board, Sarah said they will be supportive of the apprenticeship system. “Apprenticeship is a great way for people to advance their own careers in welding, so we’d definitely be supportive of that with whoever comes to work for us.” Their business’s growth, Sarah said, has been achievable through their efforts to cater to all industries, including those present in their surrounding area—agriculture and oil and gas, for instance.

She also emphasized how important safety has been to building a successful business, and her advice to future business owners is to keep safety in mind. “You can’t put a price on a life,” she said. “And to work on some of these jobs, you need a good safety rating and a formal safety program in place for your company.” For Sarah, every day is different. She’s continually learning and says it’s “pretty amazing” to watch her business thrive and grow.

Did YOU Know? At a November 1968 meeting of the Directors of Apprenticeship, Mr. Frank Ellis, Saskatchewan Director of Apprenticeship, distributed a paper on the subject of interprovincial comparisons of trade and course titles across the provinces and territories. The paper was about the length of apprenticeship periods, in-school classes, trade standards, and schedules for each apprenticeable trade across the country.

Respect. Hands-on. Good Pay. There are endless opportunities for First Nations people in the skilled trades.

The comparison charts highlighted the need for greater coordination and standardization across jurisdictions. This was the beginning of a regular publication entitled the Ellis Chart known today. 1-877-363-0536

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Programme for International Student Assessment

Our Summer 2016 Apprenticeship in Action Preliminary results for the 2015 Measuring up: Canadian Results of the OECD PISA Study newsletter highlighted PISA study have now been released. The Performance of Canada’s Youth in Science, results from the April 2016 However, there will not be a report Reading and Mathematics about the Youth in Trades module Employment and Social Development Canada study until later in 2017. titled Attitudes and Perceptions of Canadian Youth Towards November 2016 preliminary results for Careers in the Trades: Results the 2015 PISA study are published on from the 2012 Programme for the Council of Ministers of Education, International Student Assessment (PISA). Canada website. 2015 First Results for Canadians Aged 15

SYA Industry Scholarship Sponsors The sponsors of the SYA Industry Scholarship provide many opportunities for Saskatchewan youth. As of December 31, 2016, we are proud to recognize these donors: ($100,000+)

EECOL Electric PCL Construction Management Inc. ($50,000 – $99,999)

CLR Construction Labour Relations of Saskatchewan Inc. Saskatchewan Construction Association ($25,000 – $49,999)

Canada West Equipment Dealers Association ($10,000 – $24,999)

Allan Construction Alliance Energy Ltd. Breck Construction Canadian Welding Association – Regina Branch Christie Mechanical Ltd. Ensign Energy Service Inc. General Contractors Association of Saskatchewan Inc. GESCAN Division of Sonepar Canada Inc. Husky Group of Companies (Husky Energy Inc.) K+S Potash Canada GP Korpan Tractor and Parts Merit Contractors Association Inc. Moose Jaw Construction Association Mosaic Canada ULC

PEAK Mechanical Partnership Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. Prince Albert Construction Association RNF Ventures Ltd. Saskatchewan Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council Sheet Metal Workers Local 296 Saskatchewan South Country Equipment The Taylor Automotive Group W. Hunter Electric (2005) Ltd. Wallace Construction Specialities Ltd. Westmoreland Coal Company - Poplar River Mine Westridge Construction Ltd. Wright Construction Western Inc. (Up to $10,000)

AIM Electric Ltd. All-Rite Plumbing and Heating Ltd. CAF-FCA Conference Highlander Crane Ltd. Hipperson Construction Industrial Parts & Equipment Ltd. Iron Workers, Local 771 Pagnotta Industries Inc. Pro-Western Mechanical Ltd. Synergy Electric Corporation Tarpon Energy Services Techmation Electric & Controls Ltd. Thyssen Mining Construction of Canada Ltd. United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #179 Yara International ASA (Yara Belle Plaine Inc.)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS As of October 26, 2016: Commission Board Chairperson Drew Tiefenbach Commission Board ViceChairperson Bryan Leier Agriculture, Tourism & Service Sector Joe Kleinsasser - Employer Karen Zunti - Employee Construction Sector Jeff Sweet - Employee Wayne Worrall - Employee Vacant - Employee Doug Christie - Employer Rhonda Hipperson - Employer Drew Tiefenbach - Employer Production and Maintenance Sector Lorne Andersen - Employee Brian Marshall - Employer Motive Repair Sector Tim Earing - Employee Bryan Leier - Employer

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The apprentice and employer forms change from time to time, so please be sure to always refer to the SATCC website for all current forms.

Exam Schedules

The 2017 Written and Practical Examination Schedules are up on the SATCC website. Check them out here: http://

NATIONALLY Women and Apprenticeship

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has added four videos to their YouTube site focused on women and apprenticeship. Check them out at com/playlist?list=PLtYh572wiebawEU0CQBKIRYYuk-x99Yc.

Block Release Apprentices needed for CAF Survey

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) is a non-profit organization promoting apprenticeship training across Canada. To better understand the experiences of apprentices in block-release technical training, the Forum is conducting a brief online survey (approx. 10 minutes). Results are anonymous and the privacy of all respondents will be protected. Respondents will be entered into a draw for a free iPad. To complete the survey, please visit www.apprenticebarriers. Any questions should be directed to Emily Arrowsmith at the CAF at 613-235-4004 Ext. 201 or emily@

Other Doug Mitchell - Persons with Disabilities Leonard Manitoken - First Nations Brett Vandale - MĂŠtis Roxanne Ecker - Women in Trades Al Loke - Northern Saskatchewan Terry Parker - Saskatchewan Polytechnic Alastair MacFadden - Ministry of the Economy Vacant - Ministry of Education

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Apprenticeship in Action Winter 2017  
Apprenticeship in Action Winter 2017