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The Province of Nova Scotia recently announced that it will pay for training of prospective trades people enrolled in apprenticeship courses in the province. The move is viewed as part of an effort to attract more young people into the trades and to lessen the financial burden of those already enrolled. 

Most of the training will be offered through the Nova Scotia Community College, however, training will also  be available through the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry, the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association. 

HRAI’s President, Warren Heeley, applauds the decision.  “We are pleased to see the Province followed through on its promise during last spring’s election campaign to remove tuition from apprenticeship training.”

Nova Scotia is one of six provinces and territories that do not charge for in-class training for apprentices.  Most provinces in Canada charge between approximately $50.00 and $100.00 per week for training.  Prior to this announcement, only Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and Yukon offered tuition-free courses.

“This is a step in the right direction in addressing the shortage of skilled workers in the trades and is welcomed by HRAI.  We hope more Provinces follow this model” added Heeley.

For more information, call Scott Papp at HRAI, 905-602-4700 ext. 233 or 1-800-267-2231, or email at spapp@hrai.ca.