Province boosts apprentice training

By CHAT News Today (Brian Konrad)
February 13, 2018 - 7:39am

EDMONTON- The Notley Government has set up a new policy for contractors bidding on major infrastructure and transportation projects, requiring them to use apprentices in 11 construction related trades.

The policy requires apprentices to participate on major public projects valued over $15 million, or those that will require at least two years to complete.

As well, sub-contracts of $500,000 or greater, will also be required to comply with the new requirement and employ at least one apprentice.

"Apprentices will tell you that real-world experience and mentorship are invaluable to their training and development,” said Glenn Feltham, President of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
“This is an important initiative that recognizes the value of supporting apprentices and apprenticeship training on publicly funded projects."

The government says about 80 per cent of an apprentice's training is done on the job under the supervision of a certified journeyperson or qualified individual.

(CHAT News Today)



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