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Ap­pren­tice­ship week

Ap­pren­tice­ship Recog­ni­tion Week wraps up to­day with $1.3 mil­lion be­ing handed out to school dis­tricts for high school trades train­ing.

The Cen­tral Okana­gan School Dis­trict is get­ting $20,000, as are the school dis­tricts in Ver­non, Okana­gan Sim­ilka­meen, Okana­gan Skaha and Nicola Sim­ilka­meen and the North Okana­gan Shuswap landed $30,000.

The money comes from the In­dus­try Train­ing Au­thor­ity for Youth’s Work in Trades pro­grams at high schools.

The pro­gram of­fers Grade 10-12 stu­dents the chance to earn dual high school and ap­pren­tice­ship cred­its to­ward high school grad­u­a­tion and trades cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“When stu­dents can get real work ex­pe­ri­ence while still at­tend­ing school, they have a head start on de­vel­op­ing their ca­reer path,” said B.C. Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Rob Flem­ing.

Steve MacNaull is The Okana­gan Week­end’s busi­ness and wine re­porter and colum­nist. Reach him at

Okana­gan ap­ple grow­ers topped five cat­e­gories at the Na­tional Ap­ple Com­pe­ti­tion at the Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair in Toronto. The five cat­e­gories are Am­brosia, left, Aurora, Red De­li­cious, Golden De­li­cious and Gala.

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