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Watch this video at the Saskatchewan Wanderer to find out more about Xtended Hydraulics and their focus on apprenticeship training.


Apprentice training offers home-grown solution to skilled worker shortage

... but more is needed, says Regina entrepreneur
and newest ASWA board member Rob Tebb

Rob Tebb is pitching in to help train Saskatchewan workers, but he says there’s much more to be done and more employers should be stepping up to the plate.
Tebb is the newest board member at ASWA and the owner of Xtended Hydraulics & Machine. Xtended is a full-service machine shop based in Regina that specializes in hydraulic cylinder repair, among other services.
Tebb is proud of his staff, and he says he’s been happy to offer opportunities and training to mechanically-inclined workers who are eager to learn.

“Journeypersons are hard to find, so we almost always hire to train. I refuse to import skilled trades when we have so many out of work people right here that just need an opportunity.”
Tebb says about 15 apprentices have gone through his shop, many of whom still work there.

Apprentices are very important, but many employers aren’t willing to make the commitment,” he says. “Sometimes they don’t have staff that know how to handle apprentices and things break down and people become frustrated.”

One solution could be have some staff helping and watching out for apprentices as they learn on the job. Tebb says they are lucky to have a former instructor from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, formerly known as SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology). “It really adds to our ability to properly train apprentices.”

Making an existing company stronger
Xtended Hydraulics & Machine began in 2013, when Tebb bought an existing (40-year-old) company, after previously having worked there as an employee for 24 years.
Tebb has been building up the company ever since.  There were six employees when he bought the company, and it now has 14 employees, including machinists, millwrights , welders and general labourers. All are from Saskatchewan and most are Aboriginal. Tebb himself is proudly Metis.

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