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Welcome to the first issue of SMART Tab!

SmartTab_Dec13Since 1996, we have been publishing first a tabloid then a magazine to support the career aspirations of young people in Manitoba and Canada. The publication has always appeared quarterly.

Given the recent concerns about employment mismatch, we have taken the decision to move away from the glossy format to a tabloid in order to increase frequency.

SMART Tab will be published every month on the 15th of the month preceding.

We will continue to bring readers the same quality advice and information that have always populated our pages. This will track heavily in the area of job and career information: what kinds of careers are out there, where they are, what they entail, what they pay and how to get them. Every once in a while, we will throw in a quirky job or a niche career.

Working closely with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, we will present the employer’s point of view. What skills and people do they need? What are they looking for in an employee? Who are the best employers? What makes them so good?

Schools, colleges and universities are also on our radar: who is offering what and why and with what success in the job market?

All this will be tempered by a healthy dose of lifestyle information and advice. Just how do you go about getting a mortgage? How do you juggle a job, plus school, plus a social life and stay sane? How do you get a job in your field with no experience? What easy-to-prepare meals can you cook with limited resources?

We hope you enjoy the ride with us. We have also expanded our circulation so you can find us in more places and, if you are a subscriber, then you will get much more for your money.


Winning-GoldBrittany Ross snagged gold at the World Skills Americas competition in the Restaurant Services category last November. This was an amazing accomplishment for the 20-year-old Assiniboine Community College graduate who had to compete in a foreign world.

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Cimetrix helping Manitoba build its 3D capacity

Owner, James Janeteas, speaks with a University of Waterloo student in the campus’ 3D print studio.

Canada’s largest provider of 3D technology is a company called Cimetrix. Based in Oshawa, Cimetrix has spent the past 12 years introducing the practical and rational aspects of 3D printing technology to Canadian industry and academia. To date, about 30 per cent of their machines have been placed in academic institutions, and of that number, about 65 per cent are in high schools.

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As the baby boomer generation makes its way into retirement, economists are anticipating a major labour shortage in skilled trades across Canada, increasingly so over the next five years. This means that now more than ever, trade certification can be both a rewarding opportunity for career-minded individuals, as well as a vital contribution to Manitoba’s economy and the Canadian economy as a whole.

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The next new technology 3D printing

by Dorothy Dobbie

Six years ago, a 3D printer would have set you back $100,000 to $300,000 to make a flimsy prototype from a waxy material. Today, 3D printers are available as desktop printers for the price of a good computer and materials can vary from living cells to gold and titanium. You can even use a 3D printer to make another one for a friend.

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