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5,200 more apprenticeships on deck in Atlantic Canada

DCN-JOC News Services
5,200 more apprenticeships on deck in Atlantic Canada

TRURO, N.S. —  The federal government recently announced more than $28 million for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s Apprenticeship START Plus Project.

The project will provide financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to hire a minimum of 5,200 first-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades over the next two years, states a release.

This includes a minimum of 1,190 first-year apprentices from groups such as women, people with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized people.

First-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades will get the hands-on experience and training they need to progress toward becoming certified journeypersons.

The organizations that are being funded under the apprenticeship service will distribute financial incentives to SMEs and provide additional supports such as navigating the apprenticeship system.

Training will also be developed for SMEs to help them onboard apprentices and create welcoming and inclusive workplaces.

To help Canadians facing barriers to a career in the skilled trades, the incentives are doubled for SMEs who hire from equity-deserving groups.

To date, the government has invested $306 million in 15 projects that will enable SMEs to create over 32,000 new apprenticeship positions across Canada, the release adds.

There are more than 11,000 SMEs in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who work in eligible Red Seal trades.

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