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Nova Scotia widens apprenticeship opportunities with procurement pilot


January 7, 2016 – The Nova Scotia government is launching a procurement pilot to encourage businesses to hire apprentices.

The pilot was developed in partnership with the Construction Association of Nova Scotia and requires that contractors bidding on provincially funded construction projects in Nova Scotia take part in the province’s apprenticeship program.

“This is about leading by example,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “We’re committed to developing a strong, skilled workforce. Some private sector employers are hiring apprentices. We need to salute them and we need more to follow their lead. Employers are the key to providing apprentices with the training and skills they need to succeed here in the province.”

The pilot will focus on current school construction projects only and applies to contractors whose portion of the bid equals or exceeds $100,000. Exceptions will be made for smaller companies and those whose work doesn’t fall within a designated trade.

Contractors must show proof of participation in the apprentice system to perform work on these projects. They can apply for such proof by visiting the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.