Describe the program's most important achievements and lessons learned:
In 2009-2010, there were 5045 active apprentices, 1350 new registrations, 1564 examinations administered, 1075 sections of in-class training offered, and 2297 employers who participated in the Apprenticeship Program. In addition, 84% of new registrants completed post-secondary education programs. The division works closely with labour organization, sector councils, associations, the Provincial Apprenticeship Board and our training providers. In this way, apprenticeship training remains an industry-driven system that is responsive to the needs to industry. The division has also developed and implemented various collaborative initiatives to address needs in communities and industry. Examples are: the Nova Scotia Aboriginal Apprenticeship Strategy, which promotes apprenticeship to the Aboriginal communities across the province; the Truro Transportation initiative, which targets the automotive and truck trades to individuals in the Truro area; the Nova Scotia Power, Powerline Technician pilot, which initial training to current and new employees that are interested in registering as apprentices in this trade. These are but a few of the collaborative initiatives, involving employers, organizations and training providers that demonstrates the responsiveness and flexibility to the division to address the training needs of Nova Scotia industries.
Describe the challenges of the program:
For Apprenticeship Training to be effective, the system must be flexible and responsive to the needs to industry. This requires key partnerships. The Apprenticeship Training division currently has 18 Joint Registration Agreements (JRA) with recognized organizations that are associated with employers who can train apprentices in the trades. The JRA is a formal agreement in which the division can register apprentices to the holder of a JRA who assumes the responsibilities of the employer of the apprentices under the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act.