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Apprenticeships – Skilled Workers

According to http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2011/12/07/wdr-apprenticeship-skill-trade-shortage.html, there is going to be a mass shortage on skilled workers. Amount of shortage: “By some estimates, Ontario could face a shortage of more than 300,000 skilled workers in another 10 years.” (CBC News)

Skilled workers are people who work for others who have learned skilled trade; therefore being skilled in whatever they are doing. They’re also called apprentices. The education and training for apprentices is done either in classrooms (college) or on the job, for a more hands-on experience. In addition, the apprentice gets payed for whatever they do whilst learning more about the profession.

The reasoning for why there is a shortage on skilled workers is possibly due to the misjudgement that apprenticeship do not grant as much money as other jobs obtained through having University degrees. However, apprentices can make as much money, less money or even more money based on their skill trade and their experiences; the same thing as any other job. skilledWorker

Refer to http://www.red-seal.ca/w.2lc.4me@-eng.jsp?lang=eng for information on apprenticeships in every province and territory (Canada)

 

Rocket Stove to the Sky

Rocket Stoves (rocket mass heaters) are heaters; they heat the house. They’re “super efficient furnaces.”

FURNACES INFORMATION: The efficiency of furnaces is measured in AFUE, which is a number that shows the percentage in efficiency (A greater AFUE results in a greater efficiency). High efficiency furnaces range from 90 to 97%, while low efficiency furnaces range from 80Image% and less.

90-97% is already pretty efficient for a furnace, so how can rocket stoves beat that? I don’t even know. The efficiency of rocket stoves haven’t been professionally analyzed yet, so there’s not really a specific number that shows it; not in the AFUE (if someone can tell me otherwise, please do! I’ve been looking for an answer from many sites now, but I can’t seem to find a proper answer). Guaranteed however, rocket stoves are a very efficient way to heat up one’s house (efficient as in the amount of fuel – wood – put in will bring you a lot of heat, and for a long time too – which is up to 4 days).

In the picture on the right: Wood and oxygen go in on one side to be burned in the burn chamber and then transferred into the steel drum. The steel drum brings out some of the heat directly out into the house for immediate heating, while the rest of the heat is transferred through a long, airtight duct to keep the heat circulating around the house to have constant heating. The duct is usually covered with clay, mud, stone and many other materials and then covered with a ceramic spray to keep everything together. This clump of clay, mud and stone (and many more materials) that covers the duct can be used a furniture; a couch; a bed; a table; anything.

This is the only website I’ve seen so far that sells rocket mass heaters:

http://zaugstoves.com/Zaug_Stoves/Home.html

A rocket mass heater in real life

Ontario Skills Passport

In order to get ready for the working life, one must possess (or gain) different skills¬†related to the job(s) that they want to get, otherwise, it will be very difficult to become successful with one’s life.

Some essential skills for working include:

Reading Text, writing, document use, computer use and oral communication is important to be able to understand other people’s demands and opinions. It is mainly used for communication with other people.

Money math, scheduling/budgeting and accounting, measuring and calculation, data analysis and numerical estimation is important for jobs that incorporate different kinds of math, like jobs involving money, measurements, calculations and more…

Job task planning is a very essential skill that is needed to plan schedules and balance tasks in an orderly way.

Is is very important to possess the skills that are needed in the specific jobs that you want to go into; however you have to earn these skills through hard work; nobody is born with everything already implanted into their minds (well not yet, that is). You should always aim for the stars, and if you miss, then you’ll still land on the moon – You should always work hard to develop your skills to guarantee a successful future, even if it’s not the future that you imagined.