WINNIPEG – Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces are partnering to develop a shared apprenticeship management system that will improve and modernize online services, Manitoba Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced this month.
"This new system will improve services for apprentices, employers, journeypersons and training providers with modern, web-based technology," said Wishart in a press release. "It will eliminate red tape by replacing the current cumbersome and time-consuming need to register for classes in-person with easy-to-use online registration."
Wishart explained the current system has limited online client-service functions and is reaching the end of its useful life.
According to the provinces, the new apprenticeship management system will better meet the needs of apprentices, training providers and employers and will allow Apprenticeship Manitoba to ensure effective communication and enhanced reporting.
"Manitoba’s apprenticeship system is built on strong partnerships between employers, educators and learners," said Wishart. "We are taking action to ensure this important part of our education system remains responsive to industry needs."
Wishart confirmed the new system will allow apprentices, training providers and employers to complete forms, process payments and log hours online with self-service functions.
Officials said developing a shared system with the Atlantic provinces will also reduce implementation and maintenance costs as well as enable improved forecasting of training offerings, especially to meet regional demands.
The funding will be shared by the federal government, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
"This partnership is a prime example of a strategic investment that not only will improve services for Manitobans but also provide value for taxpayer money," said Wishart.
Officials anticipate the new system to be up and running by 2019.