Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Part C - Apprentice, students and greenhouse workers

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Essential Skills and Work Habits in Action Video
Part C: Apprentice, students and greenhouse workers
Location/Activity: Automotive Shop

[We see a male in coveralls using a power tool to tighten the bolts on a car's wheel. The screen then focuses on the car being lowered from the joists.]

Darren Bryer, Automotive Service Apprentice: [Screenshot of Darren standing in his shop] As an apprentice I have a lot of duties and skills that I do around the shop such as: We do brakes on vehicles, types of maintenance stuff, oil changes, brake-lines - [Screenshot of Darren's hands working under the hood of a car. He holds a light in his left hand and a wrench in his right hand.] like this vehicle here.
Darren Bryer, Automotive Service Apprentice: [Screenshot of Darren standing in his shop beside a car with its hood open.] There are some essential skills that I learned from past jobs and in high school that I really didn't realize that I had that helped me with this job. [Screenshot of a car's engine] In high school "machine shop automotive" [Screenshot of Darren moving his equipment/diagnostic tray over to the car.] I learned a lot about working on cars and [Screenshot of Darren standing in his shop] using precision measuring tools for calculations and measurements.
Darren Bryer, Automotive Service Apprentice: A big part of this job is working independently and being reliable, because you don't want vehicles coming back with the same part that you just put on it. Working independently is a really good thing to have when you're in this trade because you have to [Screenshot of car up on the joists] follow your instructions properly [We see a view around the shop and then see Darren move to the shelving area of the shop.] and make sure you get the right job done on time; and [Screenshot of Darren standing in his shop.] you should be cleaning up after yourself because you don't want to be looking around all the time for your tools. You're not getting work done when you're looking for tools. [Screenshot of the outside of the Automotive Shop.]
Location/Activity: White Oaks Secondary School

Conor Morris, Teacher - Landscaping & Horticulture: [Screenshot of teacher standing in the school's greenhouse.] So we're here at the specialist high skill major in landscaping class in White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. [Screenshot of the landscaping classroom. The teacher is showing slides of plants. Students are viewing the screen.] What we teach the students here that are interested in the landscaping industry [Screenshot of teacher instructing in landscaping classroom.] is to really to self-advocate [Screenshot of student coming up to the teacher's desk to ask a question. He has a green and white spray bottle in his hands.] and learn from on-the-job experience [Screenshot of student's working in the school's greenhouse. The student in the foreground is sweeping the floor] the essential skills and work habits they need to be [Screenshot of four students working on building an interlocking patio underneath a wooden pergola.] successful in the industry.
Conor Morris, Teacher - Landscaping & Horticulture: [Screenshot of teacher standing in the school's greenhouse.] We do this through a lot of experiential learning. The students engage in real-world application, [Screenshot of a student working with the plants in the school's greenhouse]or projects, that a landscaper [Screenshot of a student watering the plants.] would engage in, [Screenshot of students working in the school's greenhouse] in the industry.
Troy, Student: [Screenshot of a student wearing blue gloves and reading the label on a white chemical bottle.] Okay, I'm mixing insecticide [Screenshot moves up to student's face and we see he is wearing safety glasses.] which is used to kill and prevent any insects from infecting plants. The ratio here says about one to 50. [Screenshot of student pouring the insecticide into a green spray bottle] I'm just going to roughly estimate about 50.
Chris, Student: [Screenshot of a student holding a clipboard standing among the plants in the greenhouse. He has a pen in his left hand.] In our program we have to know the different kinds of plants, [Screenshot of student writing on the paper on his clipboard] so I'm just writing an inventory of what we have in the greenhouse. [Screenshot of student in the greenhouse with his textbook open on a table] Another way of knowing all the names of everything is we have a textbook, so to know everything in the greenhouse we can check the textbook for all the Latin names [Screenshot of student holding his textbook and checking the pictures with the plant in front of him] and all the information about it, like how much sun it needs, watering, soil...
Location/Activity: Garden Centre

Nicole Eckert, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: [Screenshot of Nicole standing in the Garden Centre. We see containers of fertilizer in front of her.] Something that happens a lot in garden centres is we have a lot of customers who come up with a dimension on their garden and they want to mix up some fertilizer so they'll have the biggest blooms possible. So one skill that is definitely a necessity is to make sure that you can do your conversions from millileters to liters, and you can do the area squared for that garden. [Screenshot of Nicole walking towards a male worker in the greenhouse who is working with the plants. She asks him whether he remembered to water the plants and continue to converse with each other.] We really want to be a kind of area where the greenhouses are so much fun to work in. The type of person who would be great for this industry is somebody who's very hardworking, can work as part of a team - [Screenshot of Nicole standing in the greenhouse] because you have to work as a team otherwise you can't function in a greenhouse; [Screenshot of Nicole and the male worker working with the plants in the greenhouse] and we all work together to get everything done, then it makes life so much easier and May goes by so much faster.
Nicole Eckert, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: [Screenshot of Nicole standing in the greenhouse] I'd say my least favourite part about this job is the fact that it's a very short season. [Screenshot of Nicole standing with another worker outside in the tree section of the garden centre] It ends really quickly, and, unfortunately, being in Canada, winter has to come, and then it's just snow. [Screenshot of Nicole standing in the greenhouse] In winter you can go somewhere where they do growing for their annuals, or they will grow some things like poinsettias - normally, around September, anywhere between August and September is when you'll start growing your poinsettias. They're also the growing of cyclamen; you can grow a lot of different things and kinda work there. You can also maybe go into floral arranging, which is something else I've just started taking, which is fun.
Location/Activity: International Landscaping Company

Katie MacDonald, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: [Screenshot of Katie sitting on a long table in a greenhouse with numerous plants around her.] I work for International Landscaping; it's a local landscaping company based out of the Oakville area. [Screenshot of three students working in the greenhouse] We employ a lot of students, especially throughout the summer - it's just a great seasonal position. [Screenshot of Katie sitting on a long table in a greenhouse with numerous plants around her.] And, there are a lot of skills that are required for the landscaping industry; [Screenshot of a person using a calculator in the greenhouse] skills that you may not think of.

Katie MacDonald, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: Like, money math, where we're putting together [Screenshot of worker writing up a quotation] numbers for invoices, and quotations and estimates and [Screenshot of male adding information to the quotation. He then passes it back to the female worker] providing bills at the end of the season and so it's really important that people bring those skills to us.
Katie MacDonald, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: [Screenshot of Katie sitting on a long table in a greenhouse with numerous plants around her.] My background's in environmental studies and environmental sciences and I got into this position through years at university [Screenshot of sustainable landscaping section of greenhouse] and it's progressed over the years as I realized that there's demand out there now for sustainable landscaping initiatives [Screenshot of female worker picking up a tray of grasses in this section of the greenhouse] which means really taking an environmental focus to your landscape; so you're doing things to better the environment, instead of being more destructive.
Katie MacDonald, Nursery and Greenhouse Worker: [Screenshot of Katie sitting on a long table in a greenhouse with numerous plants around her.] And so I've really taken ownership over this and become an entrepreneur within our company and I've developed a sustainable landscape initiative and it's launching this spring and I'm really excited to see it come to life.