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What’s happening in Nova Scotia – an automotive sector council update!

The Nova Scotia Automotive Sector Council has been contracted by the NS Apprenticeship Board to work with industry to determine if the existing classification of the service station mechanic and front end and brake technicians (currently a sub-trade of Automotive Service Technician) is still relevant and will meet the future demands of the sector.

Maria Wilson - Meineke, Halifax, NS

With sub-trades under review, service station mechanics and front end and brake service providers have an opportunity to keep to ‘status-quo’ or designate it an independent trade with opportunity for industry-driven training.

The Council has developed a survey for distribution to all specialty shops, dealerships and service and repair facilities in November 2009. Everyone completing the survey will have the opportunity to enter their name in a draw, sponsored by the Automotive Sector Council, for a $100 universal gift certificate. Access to the survey is on the Automotive Sector Council web site at Click on the New 2009 AST Sub-Trade Viability Survey . Completion of the survey should take less than 10 minutes.

Look for this survey via fax and email to lend your voice and have a direct impact on the recommendation put forth to the Apprenticeship Board. The Automotive Sector Council proudly presents great training news for garage business owners, managers and their suppliers.

Bob Greenwood is coming to Nova Scotia January 26th-28th, 2010 for a three-day training course at NSCC Akerley Campus. Robert Greenwood is president and founder of Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd. He has cultivated a career helping automotive-related businesses turn failure into success. His training courses and management advice are sought after throughout North America. To register call (902) 464-0168

“I do see us working smarter, not harder. What I’m looking at is that I really need to manage the business and I won’t work as hard, but the business will be better” - Maria Wilson, Meineke Car Care Center in Halifax.

For more information on the survey or registering for Bob Greenwood Business Development, contact Shannon Smith, Executive Director, NS Automotive Sector Council, Tel: (902) 464-0168, Fax: (902) 465-5734, Toll Free: 1-877-860-3805, Email:, Web:

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