Provincial Apprenticeship System Attracts International Attention

first_img The provincial apprenticeship program has attracted internationalattention, capturing the interest of Belize and Bermuda. “We are proud of the improvements that have been made to theprovincial apprenticeship system over the last 18 monthsincluding reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “It is gratifying to receive international attention, buteven better to be working with local and international partnersto share best practices and continue to improve apprenticeship inNova Scotia.” Anthony Castillo, co-ordinator of the national apprenticeshipprogram for the country of Belize, has spent the last month on astudy tour with the apprenticeship training and skill developmentdivision, Department of Education. “When researching international apprenticeship models, the NovaScotia system was most similar to what we are establishing inBelize,” said Mr. Castillo. “The Nova Scotia system has manyinnovative features such as the essential skill initiative, thatmatch our objectives.” Belize is in the process of setting up a new apprenticeshipsystem to meet the needs of youth and to enhance the skilledworkforce. This project has been underway for the past few years,led by a consultant from Nova Scotia and the director of theEnhancement of Technical, Vocational and Educational Trainingproject in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Thegovernment of Belize contacted the Nova Scotia apprenticeshiptraining and skill development division early in 2003 to arrangefor a delegation to come and study Nova Scotia’s apprenticeshipsystem. Contact was maintained and, this year, approval wasobtained for Mr. Castillo to spend a month in Nova Scotia. During his visit, Mr. Castillo has been given a complete overviewof the system. He has spent time in the field at Nova ScotiaCommunity College, and conducted site visits with the Nova ScotiaBoatbuilders Association, the Tourism Industry Association ofNova Scotia and many other partners in the provincialapprenticeship system. “My visit has been very exciting and informative. Much of what Ihave learned can be applied in Belize and I look forward tocontinuing to work with Nova Scotia to build our system,” saidMr. Castillo, “There is a great potential for our country topartner with various stakeholders. The hospitality and welcomeextended to me during my visit has been outstanding. I foresee agrowing working relationship between our two jurisdictions in thefuture. I can hardly wait to share what I have learned with mygovernment and the press.” Belize, as a member of the British Commonwealth, has a lot incommon with Nova Scotia and shares its historical ties. Earlier this month the province signed an agreement with thegovernment of Bermuda to provide training to their apprenticesthrough the Nova Scotia system. The apprenticeship system is part of Skills Nova Scotia, theprovincial skills initiative. Improvements to apprenticeshipinclude reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands. EDUCATION–Provincial Apprenticeship System AttractsInternational Attentionlast_img read more

Irish researcher wins major acclaim for lifesaving medical app

first_img Siobhán O’Connor Source: UCCO’Connor herself is a first-year doctoral student in the Health Informations Systems Research Centre at UCC.TEDMED is a US-based community of researchers, academics and entrepreneurs focused on using information and technology in the service of medicine and health.O’Connor, from Kanturk, Co Cork, will now have the honour of showcasing and presenting the app at TEDMED’s annual conference in Washington DC, this September.In a statement, she attributed the plaudits to the “novelty” of the app, and to her own varied background in nursing and informatics.A previous version of this article cited Siobhán O’Connor as the developer of the Supporting LIFE app. She is a researcher. Dr Timothy O’Sullivan was the app’s developer.Read: How your smartphone can help you get active>Irishman’s mood monitoring app wins US award> SIOBHÁN O’CONNOR, a PhD student at UCC, has won a prestigious TEDMED Frontline Scholarship for a smartphone app which gives “lifesaving support” to medical professionals in remote Africa.The Supporting LIFE Android app offers healthcare workers in rural parts of the continent a “clinical decision support toolkit,” helps them assess and triage patients, and features a training platform to educate locals.To give it its full name, “Supporting Low-cost Interventions for Disease Control”, involved a team of researchers and developers, led Dr John O’Donoghue, from UCC and Imperial College London (ICL).The app was developed by UCC software engineer Dr Timothy O’Sullivan.last_img read more