On January 15, 2013, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More announced an advisory panel that will gather information about increasing the number of employers and graduates in the apprenticeship program.
I am really looking forward to the discussions on how we can enhance the province’s apprenticeship system for all involved, including women and other under-represented groups, […] Current and future employment opportunities for skilled trades workers in Nova Scotia are great. I am optimistic that the work of the panel will increase participation and completion rates of women in apprenticeship programs and anticipate meaningful discussions on how to engage employers and trades workers in the system.”
The panel will gather advice from across the province on how to strengthen the apprenticeship system and the employer relationship. It will also examine issues raised through consultations, such as how to get people ready for jobs more quickly with combined training, offering more online options and training programs with other provinces, and raising awareness of career opportunities in the trades.
Employers are the ones who provide workplace experience, so they play an enormous role in getting apprentices the skills they need for good jobs,” said Ms. More. “Without employer support and participation, the system simply doesn’t work. The panel will advise how to build better connections with employers, so our apprentices get the best training possible.”
During the first meeting later this month, the panel will begin to seek practical short- and long-term solutions that build on what the province has heard from hundreds of apprentices, trainers and employers during the past year.
The apprenticeship review report will be ready in the spring. Strengthening Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system is a priority of the JobsHere strategy to ensure people have the right skills for good jobs. For further details, visit www.nsapprenticeship.ca.
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