Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Immediate action needed to reform provincial apprenticeship systems: Minister Kenney

Provinces and territories must take immediate action to reform their apprenticeship systems, says Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development.

“Employers in Canada increasingly require highly skilled workers. To create jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity, we must match skills training to workplace needs,” said Jason Kenney in a speech to the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship.

“The provinces and territories need to reform their apprenticeship systems to create more opportunities for Canadian workers, while helping to address skills shortages.”

He highlighted the Canada Job Grant, which would provide up to $15,000 for workers or more for skills training for people who cannot be trained under Employment Insurance with matching $5,000 contributions from the federal and provincial/territorial governments and employers.

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