Ap­pren­tice­ship key for job op­por­tu­ni­ties: premier

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE - HAL­I­FAX

Nova Sco­tia’s premier is tout­ing youth trades train­ing pro­grams as an im­por­tant part of pro­vid­ing even­tual job op­por­tu­ni­ties in the province’s strug­gling econ­omy.

Stephen McNeil spoke at a Hal- ifax car deal­er­ship Tues­day to pro­mote the Nova Sco­tia Ap­pren­tice­ship Agency and pro­grams that have pro­vided more than 500 stu­dents with trades ex­pe­ri­ence.

He stressed the pro­grams will only be a suc­cess if pri­vate com­pa­nies join in to pro­vide train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“With­out the abil­ity for that ap­pren­tice to go out in in­dus­try it (the ef­fort) re­ally falls flat,’’ said McNeil. “It means fewer peo­ple com­plete their full ap­pren­tice­ship and there are fewer trades­peo­ple.’’

The province says the first year of the agency has seen 180 new em­ploy­ers sign on with pro­grams that have reg­is­tered more than 1,300 new ap­pren­tices and 100 youth ap­pren­tices.

The agency says it has spent about $900,000 in youth ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams over the past year. Troy Ben­nett, fixed oper­a­tions man­ager at At­lantic Acura, said he be­lieves the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­grams are an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture for busi­nesses.

Ben­nett said it’s crit­i­cal to have the pool of tal­ent avail­able as com­pa­nies such as his con­tinue to grow.

“Our fu­ture is at risk if we are not in­vest­ing,’’ Ben­nett said.

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