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Manitoba government changes apprenticeship ratios back to 1:1

Manitoba government changes apprenticeship ratios back to 1:1

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government is changing apprenticeship ratios from 2:1 to 1:1, stating the change would increase safety and training for Manitobans in the trades.

“We are proud to restore the 1:1 apprenticeship ratio. High-quality training, with the highest possible safety standards, is good for industry, good for our province and it means more Manitobans coming home safely at the end of a shift,” said Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources Minister Jamie Moses in a statement.

The previous Manitoba government removed the 1:1 ratio requirement. The ratio was originally introduced in response to the 1999 death of Michael Skanderberg, who was killed on the job while working unsupervised, the Manitoba government release said.

The apprenticeship ratio is established in the Apprenticeship and Certification – General Regulation for all apprenticeship trades in Manitoba. There is also a trade-specific regulation for each of the 55 trades. The Manitoba government will target regulation changes and implementation, in consultation with the Apprenticeship and Certification Board, Moses said.

Watch for industry reaction to this story on the Journal of Commerce.

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