Second in a three-part series
The barriers for apprentices completing their training in-province and trying to achieve journeyperson status can fall under the purview of government, unions, employers or schools.
Some barriers are personal ones.
At the Office to Advance Women Apprentices, executive director Karen Walsh has met apprentices seeking work who are unwilling to move within the province to find it.
“Some people take a trade because in the area they’re living that’s what the college is offering,” she said, referring to all provincial institutions with trades programs, and not just the publicly funded College of the North Atlantic (CNA).
In saying so she is making two points.
First, that people unwilling to relocate typically don’t finish their training, but instead find work in other areas of the economy or wind up unemployed. Students need to be aware of that going in, Walsh explained.
Second, the end result of schooling is important. Walsh said students need to ask themselves what they want their lives to be like once they enter…