Government will start covering the cost of tuition for apprentices returning to the classroom for their technical training this fall.
The $1.3 million investment was announced today, Sept. 5, by Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis.
The training is a requirement of the apprenticeship program and is needed for apprentices to progress to certification.
“We’re making it easier for apprentices to earn their certification and increase their earning potential,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This type of investment helps to build and retain the workforce our economy needs, and creates more opportunity for our young Nova Scotians who want to stay here at home.”
Apprentices typically complete a six to ten-week block of technical training after every 1,800 hours of on-the-job training, until certification.
The removal of tuition, beginning with this September’s classes, will save apprentices up to $900 per year.
“Today’s announcement is great news for all apprentices in Nova Scotia,” said Stefan Soiu who works for Henderson Electric. “Many apprentices are just starting their careers and trying to make ends meet. Government’s support in covering tuition fees for our technical training is a huge help for us to continue to grow professionally.”
Approximately 2,200 apprentices receive technical training each year. This number is expected to increase with the removal of tuition.
“As an employer, we’re committed to helping our employees progress in their careers,” said Lester Buckland, division manager, Black and McDonald’s Dartmouth location. “This announcement removes a significant barrier to apprentices’ career growth by making it more affordable for them to fulfill their training requirements.”
The removal of tuition for apprenticeship technical training is part of government’s plan to increase youth employment and grow the workforce.
Nova Scotia’s apprenticeship system prepares people for jobs in the skilled trades. The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency is focused on improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and helping apprentices complete their certification.
For more information on apprenticeship and careers in the skilled trades, visit: https://nsapprenticeship.ca/.