The Canadian premiers approved an apprentice mobility protocol today, July 16, making it easier for apprentices to move between provinces and territories while completing their training.
This Nova Scotia-led initiative, which is expected to be in place by January, will ensure technical training and relevant hours worked are recognized across the country no matter which province or territory they were completed in.
It will also ensure that students graduating from pre-apprenticeship training programs get full recognition for their program training.
“Skilled labour is key to major projects in Nova Scotia and to our economic development,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This agreement will make it easier for Nova Scotians who began their apprenticeship journey elsewhere to come back and complete their training at home.”
The agreement will also make it easier for employers to get the skilled workforce they need.
“We need to attract and retain more apprentices to meet the growing demand in the automotive service industry,” said Troy Bennett, fixed operations manager with Atlantic Acura. “Opening doors across the country will make it easier for out-of-province apprentices to come home or to make a home in Nova Scotia, and that’s good for the industry, for employers, and for apprentices and their families.”