Department of Education

Ministers, MLAs head back to school for Skilled Trades and Technology Week (09/11/02)

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Nov. 2, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Ministers and MLAs head back to school as part of Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 2-9. They will be visiting trade and technology classes to see first-hand what is happening in the area of skilled trades and technology.

Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau will be the first MLA to return to school. He attended a mechanics class today at Polyvalente Louis-J-Robichaud in Shediac.

"We know that we are facing a shortage of skilled labour in the trades and technology sectors," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "That is why this government has invested in trades and technology in the public education system and in post-secondary education."

In response to the predicted shortage, the provincial government developed a multi-year Skilled Trades and Technology Education plan. Community and industry partnerships have been established with organizations such as the University of New Brunswick (Saint John and Fredericton), the community college network, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, the Saint John Regional Hospital as well as councils in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

"These types of partnership are continuing to expand and provide real learning opportunities for students, including increased co-operative education placements," said Haché.

More than three dozen courses have been developed, and school districts have formed unique partnerships with the community, industry and the community college network to increase course offerings.

Courses include technology, welding, culinary arts, health sciences, carpentry, forestry, horticulture and environmental technology and construction. Partnerships have been created among schools and the community college network that allow high school students to take community college courses and obtain academic credit.

"During the past two years, we have added 950 seats to our community college system," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "Virtually all of the 900-plus seats we have added have been in skilled trades or technology areas or in health-related programming.

"As stated in Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick, we want to create a dynamic community college system with greater flexibility to respond rapidly to the changing needs in provincial and local labour markets."


EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of the schools that will be visited by ministers and MLAs during Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 2-9. MEDIA CONTACTS: Valerie Kilfoil, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-4919; Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.

Following is a list of the schools that will be visited during Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 2-9.

MONDAY, Nov. 2
- 9:30 a.m.: Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau visits a mechanics class at Polyvalente Louis-J-Robichaud, 435 Main St., Shediac.

- 11 a.m.: Miramichi Bay-Neguac MLA Carmel Robichaud visits an industrial arts class at L'école Carrefour Beausoleil, 300 Beaverbrook Rd., Miramichi.

- 10 a.m.: Education Minister Roland Haché visits cooking and welding classes at L'école secondaire Népisiguit, 915 Sainte-Anne St., Bathurst.
- 2:30 p.m.: Saint John East MLA Roly McIntrye visits framing and sheathing classes at Sussex High School, 55 Leonard Dr., Sussex.

FRIDAY, Nov. 6
- 9:30 a.m.: Saint John East MLA Roly McIntrye visits four classes - metals fabrication, introduction to applied technology, framing and sheathing and health care - at Simonds High School, 1490 Hickey Rd., Saint John.