NAC minister commends success of Rankin trades school
Sanatuliqsarvik sees its first oil burner mechanic graduate
Aaron Pilakapsi has something to celebrate – he’s Nunavut’s first journeyman oil burner mechanic graduate from the program offered at Rankin Inlet’s Sanatuliqsarvik trades school.
The Nunavut Arctic College student received his red seal certification last week.
In addition to the college’s apprenticeship carpenter program, the oil burner mechanic is the second skilled trades program offering inter-provincial red seal certification in the territory.
In a statement March 14, Paul Quassa, minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College, praised the trade school’s growth since it first opened its doors in Rankin Inlet three years ago.
“In 2013, Sanatuliqsarvik underwent a successful accreditation of all of its apprenticeship trades programs,” Quassa told the legislative assembly. “The credit of this success belongs to the interest and efforts of the students and the dedication of their instructors and support staff.”
Nunavut Arctic College also delivers all three levels of apprenticeship training for the housing maintainer program.
In the fall 2013 terms, the apprenticeship program intake saw 12 apprentices enrolled in four programs, Quassa reported.
“All 12 students successfully completed their technical training by passing their government theory exam on the first attempt,” he added. “This number represents approximately 10 per cent of the active enrolled apprentices within the apprenticeship system.”
The $23 million facility, which opened its doors in 2010, was built to support a made-in-Nunavut supply of trades people to be employed in local communities and mining operations.
The 20,000 square foot space can accommodate more than 100 students between its classrooms, computer lab, four furnished workshop labs, lounges and resources library.