On Friday, federal Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and provincial Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Minister Al Hawkins announced the harmonization of apprenticeship requirements for six new Red Seal trades.
After a federal investment of $960,000, 16 Red Seal trades will be harmonized across Atlantic Canada.
This investment will help make training standards more consistent in six trades: truck and transport mechanic, heavy duty equipment technician, automotive service technician, sprinkler system installer, construction boilermaker, and industrial mechanic (millwright), according to a news release.
The federal government expects 15,000 apprentices per year across Atlantic Canada will benefit from this harmonization.
The Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project will help address skills shortages in Atlantic Canada, while helping to keep apprentices in Atlantic province, the politicians claim.
“Helping apprentices complete their training and get jobs in Atlantic Canada is critical to growing our middle class and strengthening our economy. Harmonizing apprenticeship requirements will make it easier for Canadians to access the training they need to find and keep good, well-paying jobs,” Hajdu said in a news release.