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The province honoured graduates of a Manitoba trades apprenticeship program designed to bolster skilled trades available to contractors and sub-contractors today.

Forty graduating apprentices received Apprenticeship Manitoba's highest achievement award which recognizes the best academic performance in each designated trade, Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald said in a email statement.

All 40 are top achievers in their fields.

Each was honoured at a reception for apprentices and employers at the Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre, the province's one-stop-shop for employment and training services at 111 Lombard Ave.

"The apprentices recognized today are the best of the best, launching rewarding careers and playing their part in growing Manitoba's economy," Oswald said in the statement.

"With a record number of young Manitobans now training for good jobs as apprentices, receiving a highest achievement award is truly an exceptional accomplishment," the minister said.

Minister Oswald noted that the province introduced legislation, the first of its kind in Canada, which would require contractors and sub-contractors that bid on public work to employ apprentices whenever possible.

The province is also creating more apprenticeship co-op opportunities for women, new Canadians, people with disabilities and Aboriginal people.

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