Sept. 19, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Plans to modernize the province's apprenticeship program are moving forward. Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement in Fredericton during the 2008 graduation ceremony for 130 apprentices.
"We have a high success rate, thanks to the hard work of our students and all the partners," said Doherty. "Our tradespeople are highly sought after for their skills and great work ethic. However, times have changed and new challenges require us to rethink our approach to training tradespeople. For instance, there are exciting developments in the energy and construction sectors that bode well for economic growth and job opportunities for individuals with the right skills."
Doherty announced in June that government will increase the apprenticeship program capacity to 6,200 from 3,630 by 2012-13. With the help of employers, the province will be training 2,570 more apprentices for the New Brunswick workforce.
Doherty told the graduates, their families, employer groups and organized labour that New Brunswick has one of the best apprenticeship systems in Canada.
"The apprenticeship program must have the flexibility to meet the current and future needs of our province and it must maintain the confidence of stakeholders," Doherty said. "Our government wants to remove barriers to ensure that appropriate training exists to meet industry requirements."
An apprenticeship program consists of workplace training and technical instruction which culminates in recognized certification. Workplace training is carried out at the employer's place of business, where the apprentice performs tasks under the supervision of a journeyperson. The required hours of training for each occupation or trade are defined by regulation under the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act. Qualified instructors provide the technical training, which usually takes place at one of the 11 New Brunswick community college campuses.
Upon successful completion of a final examination, and after meeting all other requirements of the apprenticeship agreement, the apprentice is issued a diploma of apprenticeship and a certificate of qualification, both signifying journeyperson status.
Doherty also recognized employers and labour organizations for providing the majority of the practical training, and for making an enormous contribution to the success of apprentices and the shared goal of reaching self-sufficiency.
"Apprenticeship training is a gateway to many well-paid and exciting careers in the skilled trades," Doherty said. "The possibilities are enormous, and I urge more New Brunswickers to explore these opportunities."
For more information on apprenticeship and certification, visit the Apprenticeship and Certification website, or visit your local Apprenticeship and Certification office.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the 2008 graduates follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-5655.
Journeyperson class of 2008Automotive service technician
Computerized numerical control machinist
Jung min Park
Distribution system operator
Electric mechanic (electric utility)
Heavy equipment service technician
Industrial mechanic (millwright)
Mobile hoisting equipment operator
Oil burner mechanic
Power engineer (2nd class)
Powerline technician and mobile hoisting equipment operator
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic
Sheet metal worker
Sprinkler system installer
Truck and transport service technician