Apprenticeship Opportunties

Many skilled workers in Nova Scotia are expected to retire over coming years. It is critical for employers to begin thinking about the workforce of the future. The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Training model is tailor-made to develop Nova Scotia's workforce and may support your hiring needs.

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education for both young and mature individuals who want to be certified to work in a skilled trade. There are over 60 designated trades in Nova Scotia, with apprenticeship training being offered in twenty six of these trades. Click here for a list of certifiable and apprenticable trades in Nova Scotia.

Benefits of Taking on an Apprentice

Apprenticeship training provides you an opportunity to train the workers you need for the future. When you take on an apprentice, you have a chance to train them to your professional standards and according to your business needs.

Apprenticeship training can also give you a competitive advantage. Employers who have taken on apprentices cite the following compelling reasons for why they support apprenticeship training:

  • Improve the skills of the workforce
  • Increase the quality of services and finished products
  • Increased productivity through training apprentices in the company's systems and processes
  • Improved safety leading to fewer accidents and reduced compensation costs
  • Improved company reputation
  • Enhanced quality of training in the workplace makes the company more attractive to new employees and helps retain them.

There is no cost to you to register an apprentice.

There are elements of apprenticeship program that support both the employer and the apprentice:

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
Employers with certified journeypersons who take on apprentices and provide them with further training may be eligible for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.

Internationally Trained Workers
The province of Nova Scotia offers supports to assist internationally trained worker with immigration and with working in Nova Scotia. Click here for further information on Supports for Internationally Trained Workers.

Credential Recognition
If a worker holds certification issued by another regulatory authority (from within or outside of Canada) in a trade that is designated in Nova Scotia, he or she may be eligible to apply for certification under another program. Click here for more information on credential recognition.

You may also contact an Apprenticeship Office in your region for more information.

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