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January 20, 2014

Apprenticeship programs to be harmonized

Ottawa and provincial governments in Atlantic Canada have announced a plan to harmonize apprenticeship systems across the region.

Federal Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney said the federal government will provide $4.3 million, while the Council of Atlantic Premiers will spend $3.5 million.

Canada currently has 13 different apprenticeship systems across the country with different requirements for training, certification and standards. Kenney said within the next four years, the project will harmonize 10 trades in the Atlantic provinces, beginning with bricklayers, cooks, instrumentation and control technicians and construction electricians.

Kenney said harmonizing the requirements will create well-paying jobs by helping employers hire the skilled apprentices they need.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

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