November 16, 2007
Investments Result in Rising Apprenticeship Numbers
Strategic and innovative investments in the skilled
trades system have translated into increased numbers of registered
apprentices in the province, more individuals writing inter-provincial
exams, and more trade qualifiers being approved for certification. More
people are also getting their Red Seals which is the highest level of
achievement in the trades and is recognized in all provinces and
"It�s great to see this growth in trades training.
With the startup of mega-projects just around the corner and in light of
current skilled trades shortages, we need to do everything we can to
increase capacity in the system at all levels," said the Honourable Joan
Burke, Minister of Education. "It�s a simple case of supply and demand �
the demand is there and it is government�s responsibility to help
provide the programming and apprenticeship training. Clearly, many are
realizing that the skilled trades can provide a satisfying career and
are training for the job opportunities that are on the horizon."
Over the past two years, the Williams Government has
allocated $43.6 million in the areas of apprenticeship, science and
technology, programming, training and infrastructure. These investments
have funded new programs at College of the North Atlantic, improved
infrastructure and learning resources, and effectively doubled the
number of seats at campuses throughout the province.
Comparing projected numbers for 2007 with the year
previous, the number of active apprentices is up by nine per cent,
individuals challenging inter-provincial exams is up by six per cent,
there is an increase by five per cent in the number of Red Seals
awarded, and the number of trade qualifiers being approved is up by an
incredible 60 per cent.
"Strengthening the apprenticeship system is one part
of our overall goal to increase the number of skilled trades workers in
Newfoundland and Labrador," said Minister Burke. "Our recent agreement
with the Government of Alberta which allows students to remain
registered here is an example of efforts we are making to help our young
people continue to call Newfoundland and Labrador home. Business and
industry recognize they have a role to play as well and we will continue
to work with our partners to give these apprentices a chance to stay at
home and help their communities grow and thrive."
Director of Communications
Department of Education
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