Alberta government boosting apprentice training

By Brian Konrad
February 12, 2018 - 11:47am

Edmonton, AB – The Alberta Government has set up a new policy for contractors bidding on major infrastructure and transportation projects, requiring them to use apprentices in the 11 construction related trades.
 
The new 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.
 
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.
 
"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."

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