Provincial Apprenticeship System Attracts International Attention

first_img The provincial apprenticeship program has attracted internationalattention, capturing the interest of Belize and Bermuda. “We are proud of the improvements that have been made to theprovincial apprenticeship system over the last 18 monthsincluding reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “It is gratifying to receive international attention, buteven better to be working with local and international partnersto share best practices and continue to improve apprenticeship inNova Scotia.” Anthony Castillo, co-ordinator of the national apprenticeshipprogram for the country of Belize, has spent the last month on astudy tour with the apprenticeship training and skill developmentdivision, Department of Education. “When researching international apprenticeship models, the NovaScotia system was most similar to what we are establishing inBelize,” said Mr. Castillo. “The Nova Scotia system has manyinnovative features such as the essential skill initiative, thatmatch our objectives.” Belize is in the process of setting up a new apprenticeshipsystem to meet the needs of youth and to enhance the skilledworkforce. This project has been underway for the past few years,led by a consultant from Nova Scotia and the director of theEnhancement of Technical, Vocational and Educational Trainingproject in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. Thegovernment of Belize contacted the Nova Scotia apprenticeshiptraining and skill development division early in 2003 to arrangefor a delegation to come and study Nova Scotia’s apprenticeshipsystem. Contact was maintained and, this year, approval wasobtained for Mr. Castillo to spend a month in Nova Scotia. During his visit, Mr. Castillo has been given a complete overviewof the system. He has spent time in the field at Nova ScotiaCommunity College, and conducted site visits with the Nova ScotiaBoatbuilders Association, the Tourism Industry Association ofNova Scotia and many other partners in the provincialapprenticeship system. “My visit has been very exciting and informative. Much of what Ihave learned can be applied in Belize and I look forward tocontinuing to work with Nova Scotia to build our system,” saidMr. Castillo, “There is a great potential for our country topartner with various stakeholders. The hospitality and welcomeextended to me during my visit has been outstanding. I foresee agrowing working relationship between our two jurisdictions in thefuture. I can hardly wait to share what I have learned with mygovernment and the press.” Belize, as a member of the British Commonwealth, has a lot incommon with Nova Scotia and shares its historical ties. Earlier this month the province signed an agreement with thegovernment of Bermuda to provide training to their apprenticesthrough the Nova Scotia system. The apprenticeship system is part of Skills Nova Scotia, theprovincial skills initiative. Improvements to apprenticeshipinclude reducing waiting times for training and working withindustry to meet labour demands. EDUCATION–Provincial Apprenticeship System AttractsInternational Attentionlast_img

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