Apprenticeship in Atlantic CanadaFriday November 07, 2014 Written by Brandi Cowen
Federal and provincial governments will work together to help apprentices in Atlantic Canada.
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Council of Atlantic Premiers were in Halifax today to announce that apprenticeship requirements in six new trades will be harmonized across the Atlantic provinces: carpenter, welder, metal fabricator, steamfitter-pipefitter, plumber and industrial electrician.
This is in addition to work that has already started on previously announced trades.
As a result, Canadians apprenticing in a total of 10 trades will have access to consistent training, certification and standards, leading to more job opportunities and greater mobility while helping address skills shortages in the region.
By providing support for this project, the federal and provincial governments are helping to harmonize trades that affect 60 per cent of apprentices in the Atlantic region. This will complement work already underway to harmonize training and certification requirements in an initial set of 10 targeted Red Seal trades across Canada and ensure that apprentices are getting the training and experience they need to complete their apprenticeships.
Canada currently has 13 different apprenticeship systems across the country with different requirements for training, certification and standards. These inconsistencies mean that apprentices who wish to move to another province to continue or complete their training are often unable to do so because the systems can be so different. At the same time, employers wishing to recruit new apprentices from out of province face similar challenges.
Additionally, the 2014 federal budget has several measures to ensure training reflects the needs of the labour market and Canadians have the skills to take advantage of the jobs and opportunities available to them. Beginning in January 2015, the Canada Apprentice Loan will provide up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training for apprentices in a Red Seal trade.