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Joan Burke, minister of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills under which the Poverty Reduction Strategy falls, is seen at her office in St. John’s.
The provincial governmentis holding 15 information sessions in locations around the province for anyone interested in learning about the newly minted journeyperson mentorship program.
“For anyone interested in the trades, including apprentices, employers, and students, these sessions will provide an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about the journeyperson mentorship program,” said Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, in a public notice issued this morning.
The journeyperson mentorship program was first announced with the last provincial budget and a launch event for the program including Shea and Premier Kathy Dunderdale, was held Nov. 14, 2012. (Link on “official launch event”: http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2012-11-14/article-3120413/Government-paying-for-trades-mentors/1)
The program helps employers with keeping on a journeyperson trained in a trade in high demand, one able to supervise and train multiple apprentices.
Employers approved for the program will have the benefit of not having to swallow the full cost of freeing up a journeyperson for training. Some $2 million has been dedicated to the program.
It is hoped the program will compound the number of apprentice-level tradespeople able to work their way up to journeyperson status in this province.
All employers participating in the mentorship program will have to meet a list of requirements to be eligible for the funding.
Among other things, the company must have an office in the province and currently be maxed out in terms of the ratio of apprentices to journeypersons.
"Funding will normally be provided for periods ranging from six to 12 months and may be eligible for an extension based on satisfactory progress assessment/reports and the availability of funds," the government has stated.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, Dan Crummell, will attend the upcoming information sessions on the program.
“I hope that all tradespeople, employers, and those interested in a career in the skilled trades will attend what will undoubtedly be very informative sessions,” the Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement, Keith Hutchings, has stated.
Journeyperson Mentorship Program Information Session Schedule
• Monday, Feb. 11
Wabush — Wabush Hotel, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay — Labrador Inn, 7-9 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 12
St. Anthony — Grenfell Hotel, 7-9 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 13
Baie Verte — Baie Vista Hotel, 6-8 p.m.
•Thursday, Feb. 14
Stephenville — Holiday Inn, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Corner Brook — Greenwood Inn, 7-9 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 15
Corner Brook — Greenwood Inn, 10 a.m.- noon
• Monday, Feb. 18
Carbonear — Fongs Motel, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 19
Bishop’s Falls — Brookdale Country Inn, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Gander — Hotel Gander, 6-8 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 20
Marystown — Marystown Hotel, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 21
Clarenville — St. Jude Hotel, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 22
St. John’s — Capital Hotel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
(Schedule made available by the Department of Advanced Education and Skills)