Changes to the apprenticeship system will make it easier for Nova Scotians to access and complete training.
Premier Stephen McNeil announced regulation changes today, May 23, to allow a single journeyperson to train a sheet metal apprentice, one-to-one.
Presently, three certified journeypeople are required to train one apprentice.
“Government is committed to modernizing the apprenticeship system so businesses get skilled people and Nova Scotians get good jobs here at home,” said Premier McNeil. “We’re listening to industry’s recommendations and making the changes needed to allow employers to train for future expansion, and open more opportunities for apprentices.
“Now, three times as many apprentices will be able to access the training they need to become certified sheet metal workers.”
Training is also being made compulsory, ensuring those working in the field are trained to an industry standard used across the country.
“Making certification compulsory will make sure that all tradespeople working in the industry are properly trained and mentored,” said Heather Cruickshanks, L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal Ltd., in Halifax Regional Municipality. “Changing ratios will also increase opportunities for not only current apprentices, but those who are considering a career in the trade. It’s a win–win for workers and owners having trained and certified tradespeople doing sheet metal projects.”
These changes are a result of consultation with industry and tradespeople.
“Changes being made to the trade will ensure the right checks and balances are in place and that proper installation practices are followed,” said Peter Caines, business manager, Sheet Metal Workers Union. “These changes will also allow more young people to get training in the trade so that we can continue to have access to highly skilled workers.”
The regulation changes will also redefine the term of sheet metal apprenticeship in hours instead of years, which more clearly reflects training requirements.
Trade regulations for sprinkler system installers, metal fabricators, auto glass technicians, landscape horticulturalists, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, and alarm and security technicians are among others that have been recently updated.
These changes are another step toward ensuring the apprenticeship system is working for apprentices and employers. As part of this work, government is creating an industry-led agency that will give employers a bigger role in Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system.
Recent changes to modernize apprenticeship also include a $2.6 million investment to expand apprenticeship training and program development.