A move by western premiers to enable skilled trades apprentices to move between provinces without having to restart their training is a good start, but more provinces need to be involved, Unifor’s National Skilled Trades Council Chair says.
"We see a huge number of apprentices unable to complete the program because they lose their job and are unable to find other work," said Dave Cassidy, National Skilled Trades Council Chair.
Cassidy said apprentices should be able to move between all provinces without losing credit for the hours they have worked or the training they have received.
"It is important for apprentices to be able to move where there are jobs available and still have their experience recognized."
At a meeting in Regina recently, the premiers of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia agreed that by next fall apprentices in the skilled trades will be able to move between the provinces without having to start their training all over again.
The Unifor Skilled Trades Council was proud to support a three-year project in the Atlantic to harmonize apprenticeships at its meeting in November, as well as national strategies by the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeships.