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Brigadier-General (Retired) Gregory Matte, CD, PhD - Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Programs in Canada

September 14, 2021

Ever wonder about skilled trades, apprenticeships, and the long-term job prospects that could be available to you? Me too. Skilled trades people are in demand. There's a massive shortage of skilled workers – which means jobs and opportunities for people with trades training, skills and certification. Today Brigadier-General (Retired) Gregory Matte and I discuss the history and issues surrounding apprenticeship programs, the benefits and pitfalls of different ideologies, and where industry goes from here.

This guy knows how to fly fast airplanes, make war and peace, speak four languages, AND he knows a lot about apprenticeship programs in Canada. In fact, he wrote a whole PhD thesis about it titled: “A Critical Analysis of Apprenticeship Programs in British Columbia”. His resume is ridiculous and I am waiting for the book. Really.

Brigadier-General (Retired) Gregory Matte is a former CF-18 fighter pilot and a Fighter Weapons Instructor “Top Gun” graduate with extensive operational mission experience. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 2010 after 29 years of service, and moved on to an assignment as Director General Operations with Public Safety Canada. He was the first National Executive Director of the Helmets to Hardhats Canada program, and is currently the General Manager of the largest (and best) flight training facility on Vancouver Island. Greg completed his PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.

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