Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Independent report examines apprenticeship governance model (09/08/27)

NB 1222

Aug. 27, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The province has received an independent report examining the apprenticeship governance model in New Brunswick, and plans to do further consultation to help improve the system, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault announced today.

The report, Apprenticeship New Brunswick: A Proposed Governance Structure, was prepared by RJ Consulting Inc., which was tasked with researching and developing a governance structure for the apprenticeship program in the province. The report was commissioned by the department following the release of Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick.

"The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick states that apprenticeship training is an important element in New Brunswick's post-secondary education portfolio," said Arseneault. "The current system requires significant change in order to become more responsive to the needs of both apprentices and the economy. In order to do so, we wanted an independent view of how the apprenticeship program should function as we look to the future.

"In an effort to gather feedback on the consultant's recommendations and findings, stakeholders and New Brunswickers are invited to comment until Oct. 30, 2009, using an online questionnaire. I encourage New Brunswickers who have an interest in the future of the New Brunswick apprenticeship program to participate in this process."

Questions relate to recommendations and findings in the consultant's report. Responses will supplement the information gathered from discussions that have taken place between apprenticeship stakeholders representing industry, apprentices, unions, and government over the past year.

Copies of the report may be obtained on the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour website. Comments may be made by e-mail to opinion@gnb.ca.

The government expects to respond to the report before the end of the year.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; 506-444-3465.

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