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Executive Council
Advanced Education and Skills
November 14, 2012

Journeyperson Mentorship Program Helping to Meet Skilled Trades Demand

With an investment of $2 million, the Provincial Government is inviting companies and individuals to apply for the Journeyperson Mentorship Program, an industry-supported initiative that will increase the retention rates, skills and technical knowledge of apprentices. The Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, were joined by industry leaders today at the Office to Advance Women Apprentices in Paradise to launch the program.

“From Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity to Hebron oil, from Western Labrador iron ore to residential construction, Newfoundland and Labrador will need thousands of skilled workers in the coming years,” said Premier Dunderdale. “The Journeyperson Mentorship Program is an excellent example of how the Provincial Government, in collaboration with industry employers and labour, is embracing innovative solutions and making strategic investments that are maximizing our potential and building prosperity for generations.”

The Journeyperson Mentorship Program is the latest Provincial Government initiative designed to meet the growing demand for skilled labour. With dedicated on-the-job training, the program will provide a journeyperson mentor to eligible employers to support them in the hiring of additional apprentices as they develop towards journeyperson status. Preference will be given to:

“By placing experienced tradespersons in an environment that optimizes hands-on training for apprentices, the Journeyperson Mentorship Program will help build careers and create opportunities for skilled trades workers – particularly those in under-represented groups such as women,” said Minister Burke. “This investment will mean more journeypersons will be able to pass their valuable skills and experience on to more apprentices, allowing us to more quickly provide the innovative workforce employers are demanding.”

The Journeyperson Mentorship Program was developed through consultation during Regional Apprenticeship Forums held last spring throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. The information gathered at the forums is enhancing policy and program development as the Department of Advanced Education and Skills works with industry stakeholders to meet the challenges of a growing demand for skilled labour.

“As a government, we require operators of all major resource-based projects to develop women’s employment plans so that women may avail of opportunities to work in industries where they have been historically under-represented,” said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. “In order to fill these positions, however, women need to have the training, skills and experience required to do the work. The Journeyperson Mentorship Program will help more women achieve journeyperson status thereby significantly impacting a woman’s ability to participate in our growing economy in these high-paying positions.”

Private employers, either in the profit and non-profit sectors, particularly small and medium-sized employers providing trades-related work, are eligible to apply for the program. A journeyperson mentor will be a senior tradesperson capable of providing valuable guidance in a non-traditional training role.

"This program offers a great incentive for employers and businesses to support employment opportunities and grow our provincial economy,” said Ivan Gedge, Business Representative/Organizer, Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers. “I encourage businesses to learn more about the Journeyperson Mentorship Program and how it will build a qualified workforce by strengthening the apprenticeship system and helping more people reach journeyperson status.”

"Through the Journeyperson Mentorship Program, the Provincial Government is making a long-term investment in the future supply of skilled workers,” said Rhonda Neary, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association. “The association is very pleased with the direction we are seeing in the areas of apprenticeship and skills development.”

For program guidelines and applications:

Since the release of the Skills Task Force report in 2007, the Provincial Government has invested over $98 million in apprenticeship, science and technology, programming, training and infrastructure. Since 2009, the number of women enrolled in skilled trades has grown by 33 per cent. This year, over $4 million in funding is supporting the Journeyperson Mentorship Program and other initiatives to advance apprenticeship opportunities in skilled trades in Newfoundland and Labrador:

Other initiatives to meet labour demands include:

“Our government is committed to working with our partners in business, labour, and training as we build Newfoundland and Labrador’s prosperity and compete in the global economy,” said the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Topsail. “I strongly encourage all interested organizations and individuals to consider applying for the Journeyperson Mentorship Program.”

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Media contacts:

Lynn Hammond
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Debbie Marnell
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 697-3128

John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
709-729-0753, 728-7762

Michelle Hunt
Director of Communications
Department of Child, Youth and Family Services
709-729-5148, 725-1593

Janice Cave
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Paul Davis
MHA for Topsail

Ivan Gedge, Business
Representative/Organizer, Atlantic Canada
Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights
and Allied Workers

Rhonda Neary,
President and Chief Operating
Officer, Newfoundland and Labrador
Construction Association

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