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  • Huck
    July 20, 2012 - 10:43

    We like to talk about worker safety, but this change basically will leave half of the apprentices unsupervised. It is a case of sacrificing safety and quality for the sake of quantity. By upping the ratio of apprentices to journeyman, the apprentices are not getting the opportunity to properly learn their trade and work safely. An apprentice is only as good as the journeyman that he learns from, and the journeyman can only be in one place at a time. This will lead to a future wave of "watered down journeymen" who will then be responsible for training more apprentices. We already have 4th year apprentices that have problems trying to pass D block, and then fail their journeyman exam 2 or 3 times. I doubt that is going to improve by increasing the ratio. Maybe we will have to "dumb" down the exams as well in order to fulfill the dire need for "skilled trades workers". As we are talking about Red Seal certification, which qualifies a tradesman to work anywhere in the country; it may be a good idea to check with the rest of the provinces to see how they feel about this lowering of standards. To my knowledge none of the rest of the country has gone this way, and other provinces may not care to hire trades people trained in this manner.