From the Atlantic …
Sorry for not posting for so long but I have been in class for the last week attending PIDP 3250 Instructional Techniques and completing my assignments for PIDP 3230 before that but now it is time to get back to my blog and update what is happening in the world of Canadian apprentices. Great news for apprentices in Atlantic Canada, the four provincial governments have signed a memorandum of agreement to establish common training, certification and standards. This will allow apprentices to move from province to province as they pursue their trade and not have to reregister with each jurisdiction.
This goes a long way towards solving one of the biggest hurdles that Canadian apprentices face, the existence of thirteen different and competing systems in the provinces and territories. This makes it difficult when apprentices have to change jurisdictions in order to keep working in order to get the hours needed so they can qualify as a journeyperson.
Hopefully other provinces will follow suit and we can have a national apprenticeship system so apprentices can work where needed and carry their log book and hours with them and not face the hassle of having to reapply every time they cross a provincial or territorial border.
To the Pacific
By Robert C. Michelson Wikimedia Commons
Anyone in British Columbia looking for a job as an Apprenticeship Advisor? The Industry Training Authority is looking for Apprenticeship Advisors. A total of 15 will be in place across the province by December 2014. The main job of the Apprenticeship Advisors is to work with stakeholders to raise awareness of BC’s apprenticeship program and provide guidance to apprentices and their employers.
This comes about after a study commissioned by the ITA found that:
Participants reported that frustration among apprentices seems to be widespread and ongoing throughout the apprenticeship journey, yet there was no clear place for feedback or help. Sponsors also expressed concern with the lack of information they receive about their roles and responsibilities.
Now apprentices and their employers will have someone from their local community that they can turn to for advice. This should help increase apprentice retention rates. Apprenticeship Advisors are already in place in Prince George, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Terrace.