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Nova Scotia's First Female High School Youth Apprentice

March 6, 2009



Krista Lindsay is making her mark in the skilled trades. She is Nova Scotia's first female high school youth apprentice and one of only seven female youth apprentices currently registered in the province.

"I didn't realize I was the first. It feels pretty good, pretty cool. It is very exciting," says Krista. 

A Grade 11 student at J.L. Ilsley High School, Krista became a machinist youth apprentice after learning about the program from her teacher, Lynn Haughn.  "I always wanted to be a mechanic, but when

I went on a school tour at NSCC, I saw the machinists and it just clicked," Krista says. "I knew that was what I wanted to do."

She completed a co-operative education placement through the Options and Opportunities, or O2, program at her school. Early in Krista's co-op placement, her employer, Advanced Precision Inc. in Dartmouth, recognized her talent and ability. The company hired and registered her as a youth apprentice, providing her with a head start in training to becoming a certified machinist. Advanced Precision Inc. specializes in manufacturing and assembling high quality, precision components and complex fabrications. It supplies customers in military, aerospace, ocean science, medical and industrial markets throughout Canada and the United States.

Youth apprenticeship supports employment growth in a sector experiencing a labour shortage in Nova Scotia.   An area with huge growth potential is women in skilled trades and Krista is a perfect example of what can be accomplished.  "Go with what feels right," she says. "If you really want to pursue a trade go for it”.

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