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Atlantic Provinces streamlining apprenticeship across the region


May 27, 2014 – Nova Scotia says it has taken another step toward helping apprentices complete their training and land good jobs in the province and across Atlantic Canada by way of a memorandum of understanding with the other Atlantic Provinces that will establish common training, certifications and standards to help apprentices complete training, and find work within the region more easily.

“Apprenticeship is a priority for Nova Scotia, and we’re focused on helping young people find jobs and training opportunities in the trades, close to home,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This agreement is a clear indication that positive things can happen when jurisdictions work together.”

According to Nova Scotia, this agreement is the first of its kind in the country, adding there are 13 apprenticeship systems across Canada, each with different requirements. Inconsistencies such as different curriculum, log books or sequencing of courses can make it difficult for apprentices to complete training if they move, and for employers to recruit the people they need.

The project will focus on 10 trades, including construction electrician, and instrumentation and control technician. By early next year, it is expected apprentices in those trades will benefit from improvements. By 2017, all 10 trades will be harmonized.

The province adds it is creating an industry-led apprenticeship agency that will give employers a bigger role in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system, including delivery of the “new streamlined, Atlantic Canadian approach”. This project will complement work to streamline training and certification requirements in targeted Red Seal trades across Canada.