O’Brien to re-evaluate trades mentorship program

James McLeod
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St. John’s — Advanced Education and Skills Minister Kevin O’Brien was fielding questions about apprenticeships in the skilled trades in the House of Assembly Monday, defending a failed mentorship program.

Kevin O'Brien. — Telegram file photo

Liberal MHA Lisa Dempster was asking about the pilot program, which never really got off the ground, after The Telegram reported about it over the weekend.

“Journeyperson Mentorship Program was heralded by this government as an excellent example of embracing innovative solutions that are maximizing our potential, having budgeted $2 million to train 120 to 200 apprentices per year, but only $600,000 was spent and only five people were trained,” Dempster said during question period Monday.

“I ask the minister: How could you have been so far off the mark?”

O’Brien said the program ran into geographic challenges — a journeyperson in Ramea was available, but  the apprentices were in Corner Brook, and nobody would move.

“These are the kind of things that we had challenges with,” O’Brien said. “So I have asked my staff to re-evaluate the program, and certainly we will address any issue that comes forward on a go-forward basis.”

Dempster said the government should be forcing companies like Corner Brook Pulp and Paper to hire more apprentices.

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Ramea, Corner Brook

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  • Greg
    April 15, 2014 - 15:54

    The whole red seal apprenticeship situation is screwed up Hugh fail rates text books with one answer to a question the tests with another , no proper on job training either in a lot of cases because employers don't care in a lot of cases. The coordinators from top to bottom at confederation building are not even in the trades they are in charge of. for example there's a lot of cooks running things it all seems realy mixed up to me.

  • Charles
    April 15, 2014 - 04:19

    Here my question to Lisa, Please along with Dwight, Give us your plans? after all if the Liberals can blow wind, as if they have the answer to every problems, shouldn't be that hard to present a solution. LOL...Don't worry Lisa I won't wait for any kind of answer from the Zebra party.

    • Charlie chugs
      April 15, 2014 - 08:52

      We've been without a plan for a long, long, long, time there bud. Charlie are you still eating them scrambled eggs O'Brien is serving up? I figure the secret ingredients is that tory kool Aid. All talk, no action is all they are, just like their zealot FOLLOWERS. LOLOLOLOLOl