With an expected increase in demand for labour in the province, Budget 2013 will provide $5.2 million to support apprenticeship and trades.
The budget documents also state the provincial government will develop new approaches for educational upgrading and employment supports that will help people find employment — including measures to change the current delivery model for Adult Basic Education and modify the Income Support program.
“With a demand for skilled labour fueled by massive developments … we must work to ensure a strong labour force is available to meet all future demand,” said Joan Shea, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills.
A budget document notes that major project developments, such as Hebron and Muskrat Falls, are driving opportunities and sustainable growth in the province. These projects are generating new employment opportunities and support economic growth.
The Hebron project is estimated to return approximately $23 billion to the provincial government and expected to provide 3,500 jobs at peak.
Employment generated from the building of Muskrat Falls and the transmission links will generate 3,100 direct jobs at peak employment and 1,500 direct jobs per year on average across more than 70 occupations.
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The construction industry has recorded significant growth over the past five years.
Budget 2013 will provide $5.2 million to support apprenticeship and trades, including:
• $2 million to continue the Journeyperson Mentorship Program to help increase the number of certified journeypersons available to provide workplace training for apprentices;
• $1.8 million for the Government Hiring Apprentice Program;
• $800,000, supported with $7 million in federal funding, to continue the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Program which helps provide work experience to apprentices, with a focus on first and second-year apprentices including those from under-represented groups such as women and persons with disabilities; and,
• $600,000 for grants for women and Aboriginals in apprenticeship.
A further $7 million in federal funding is administered by the provincial government through the Labour Market Development Agreement to support in-school training for apprentices as well as specialized training for journeypersons.