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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, Oclober J9, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Apprenticeship programs are suffering same enrolment drop as universities centres national association Winnipeg convention delegates return Many of today's youths are I taking these jobs because they offer fast and attractive wages for single people, he said. The alternative to a "future" high paying job remains a good education, he said, cither as a tradesman or professional. Mr. Ronnenberg said appren- Uces may only make between and semi-skilled types! 35 and 90 per cent of what a journeyman tradesman who has completed his apprenticeship Get a university education "and you're ensured of high pay and job Canada's youth have been told in the pBSl. Harold Ronnenberg, regional Alberta department of labor apprenticeship board supervisor says many young people are cow turning to good paying laborer and semi-skilled types of jobs without an eye to the future. During the past year the pro- vincial apprenticeship has suffered the same in course registrations Alberta universities. board decline as have Once an apprentice obtains Ills certification "he's away and qualifies for journeyman rates." Skilled tradesmen are always in demand in some portion of tile province or country, com- pared with the laborer or semi- skilled man who finds difficulty obtaining employment when times are difficult and an un- Iralncd manpower surplus ex- may earn. However, to apprentices depends greatly on the employer and the pro- ductivity of the employee. Social services department location moves to new city j Apprenticeship training lead- the wage rale paid j }ng to tne posjtj0n of journey- man is under the direction of the provincial apprenticeship board. Mr. Ronnenberg said appren- liccship is a training on the- 1 jolt and trade school training program. There are 32 trades listed in the program. In order to apply under the apprenticeship program, an in- The local social partmenl has begun operations from a new location. Residents who have lived in Lethbridge the last full year as self-supporting citizens and re- quire social assistance will ap- ply at the new office in the Health Unit, 5Ui Ave. and 1st St S. Tlie move, from the base- ment of city hall, was made ne- cessary to accommodate the relocation of the combined building inspection and de-'el- opmcnt departments. Kay Jensen, public assis- tance officer, said his depart- ment has handled appli- cations Jor assistance since January. He stressed the services are not for "indigent, lazy-type in- as many people be- lieve, but rather to help people out who have been laid off their jobs or are unable to work be- cause of a physical handicap. "It annoys me that too often a stigma is attached to these people." he said. People who have been laid off quite often experience a long time lapse between their last pay cheque and first un- employment insurance cheque, he said, in those cases, tlic lo- cal department is available to provide assistance during that period. Mr. Jensen also provides a counselling service which is a part of lire assistance program. il service dc-1 If there has been a family dividual must be at least 16 years old. An applicant must have min- imum education requirements which range from Grade 9 to 11 and also have employment with an employer who is a jour- neyman and is prepared to enter into an apprenticeship agreement with him. The application must be sign- eu by both the employee and employer when submitted to the apprenticeship board. In order to become a certi- fied tradesman, an individual must gain experience in the many phases of the trade under the guidance of a qualified jour- neyman, and is required to at- tend trade training courses de- signed for the particular trade. These are short courses of four to twelve weeks in each year of apprenticeship. Fees are not charged for them, and trainees arc in fact either paid by the employer or one of UK; two senior levels of govern- ment. Mr. Honncnberg said the ap- prenticeship program depends "solely on industry to back the program." And industry has been react- ing favorably, he said. fn most instances, in Ihis re- gion, the first two years of classroom theory are taught at the Lethbridge Community Col- lege. If third and fourth year instruction is required for com- plete certification, students will complete their classroom train- ing at technical schools in eith- er Calgary or Edmonton. For further information, in- terested Applicants are advised to contact the apprentices h i p board at the Administration Building at 3rd Ave. and 9th St. N. in Lethbridge. The board of directors for the National Association of Friendship Centres met in Win- nipeg this month U> act on a mandate given them by 35 friendship centres at a nation- al conference in Kdmonlon in September. The national conference was seeking a constitution for the association, and this task was nearly completed. Incorpora- tion under the Societies Act Mr. Newkirk said the prem-1 must be relieved of the respon- ier was pleased with the con-1 sibility of finding greater sum.s tribution the seven Manitoba of money for all operations.'1 friendship centres were making He said the idea of core fund with the native people of the ing through the national province. ciation is a necessity to assun Joe Keeper and Don McCas- j Ihc proper funding for opera kill, representatives of the of- j 'in6 expenses. fice of the secretary of state from Ottawa presented new ideas that are being consider- ed by the federal government for expanding work with mi- will proceed when all wrinkles i grating native people. STUDENTS There are students in (he separate school sysiem in Lclhbridge. This is an of about 35 from last year. are ironed out, said Reggie Newkirk, director of the Napi Friendship Association of Pin- Cher Creek. Mr. Newkirk and Allan Wolf- leg of Calgary represented Al- berta at the board meetings. Premier E. R. S'chreyer of Manitoba met with the national board to learn of the planned work and to explore areas where Manitoba can co-operate and assist the national body in co-ordinating the activities of the friendship centres across Canada. Mr. Newkirk said one of the main points discussed was the need for increased financial support for all centres and a closer look at the work they are doing, in order to provide an even greater service. "The centres must upgrade all of their activities, but they must not forget the individuals must not be merely an- other agency." said Mr. New- kirk. I "They must continue working 1 as they have been, but they Mow Fast (luu You Kead'i1 Eduvak Educational Services Ltd. Is offering a Speed Read- ing and Reading Efficiency Program at a new low Enrol now! Classes will be limited. For more information Write Box 16 separation, the mother and father arc first counselled to determine if the family can be saved. Often, an argument re- sults in only a brief separation. When no immediate solution is found to an extended separa- tion, social assistance is pro- vided for three months to the mother for child support. After one month, inspectors see that the children are receiving proper care. The counselling includes help in finding jobs for those re- ceiving assistance. Most of this is done in conjunction with the Canada Manpower Centre. Mr. Jensen said the Alberta Voca- tional Training program had also been used successfully in this respect. Tills year, was allo- cated in the operating budget to cover social assistance and re- lated administration. Of that to- tal, the province pays 80 per cent. Mr. Jensen suggested if more local residents helped his of- fice, less tax money would be spent on the program. "Public support would a lot, not only the critical end of it. People could phone in and offer jobs such as painting fences." he said. He said a majority of the people receiving assistance want and accept the jobs sug- gested for them. Saskatchewan trustees support Alberta trustees The Saskatchewan School Trustees' Association has come out in support of the Alberta Trustees' Association stand in the current teacher contract negotiations in Alberta. in a letter to tne ASTA, G. E. Slater, president of the Saskat- chewan association said: "The trustees of Saskatche- wan are in sympathy with the school boards of your province as they attempt to pre- serve public control of educa-! tion." Mr. Slater said the elected. members of the school boards express the will of the people in education. AALBdl WRY I Serve it s I tight out of I biillcl supper 01 I oiupfs. k is ,-ilso good in coi.kuils. "It is apparent that groups across Canada providing direc- tion for teachers are attempt- ing to exclude the public from what should be the most public of institutions." The Saskatchewan trustees' president also assumed that teachers are seeking the right to veto any board policy af- fecting them. "By seeking a veto power in the formulation of policies de- veloped by the public for the schools, teachers would deter- mine who could teach, shall be taught and the atmo- sphere of the school itself" said Mr. Slater. Teachers have maintained that they are not seeking this power. "We only want to be consult- ed on policy changes before they are put into Joe Berlando, welfare officer for the Alberta Teachers' Associa- tion has said Low-wage earners get break Part-time workers and stu- dents earning per week or less have been looked upon wilh favor by the federal gov- ernment. After January, 1972, when a new unemployment insurance act is enforced, new contribu- tion rales will go into effect and no contributions will he paid on wages of per week or less. About six million workers are currently covered by tlic act and when the- new cover- age comes inlo effect another ]'.i million people will be add- ed. In the new year all lederal employees including those in the a r m y, plus teachers, mir.scs, police forces, domestics and employees previously ox- eluded by the old act. because of its ceiling will be cov- i ered. Any province taking Ihc plan will have to insure all of ils employees, and any province opting out of the plan will not be able lo insure any of ils employees. SIMPSONS-SEARS Children's Best Loved TV Toys at Low Everyday Prices Chatty Baby bv Mattel ONLY 6 .99 You just pull the ring and she "coos" 10 phrases in a baby-Ish voice that tells you she's just "learning to She's tall and has beautiful rooted hair, a cute dress and shoes and socks. Amazing Sure-Shot Hocke> ONLY 3 .99 An Ideal toy for the younger set of hockey fans. It's sturdy plastic construction can take almost anything and stand up to it. Fun for 2 or 4 players. 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