Liberal Plan for Skills Training Will Contribute to Jobs and Economy

A new Liberal government will create more than 700 new apprenticeship opportunities by expanding the START Apprenticeship Program.

“We are committed to creating jobs for young Nova Scotians and opportunity for the middle class,” says Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil.  “This program increases incentives for employers to support apprentices and encourages them to hire from more diverse groups.” says McNeil

Over the next four years the Liberal’s will invest $18.2 million to assist Nova Scotians with skills training.

Part of that plan is to dramatically increase support for women, aboriginals, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities and new Canadians. We will do so with an $8 million investment to expand the START Apprenticeship Program.

The enhanced program will increase employer incentives from $10,000 to $30,000 for those who hire from these diverse groups.

“By taking this approach, we are supporting both the private sector and those who want to develop their skills,” McNeil said.

In addition to the expansion of START Apprenticeship, the Liberals are also committed to :

  • Eliminating the tuition for apprentices taking technical training – which will save apprentices up to $900 per year, for a four-year investment of $5.2 million;
  • Expanding Skills Trades Centres to seven high schools across Nova Scotia

“Our best opportunity to grow our economy and build a more prosperous province is through skills training and improved job opportunities,” McNeil said. “Our program to expand apprenticeship training has worked – and these new initiative s will allow a larger and more diverse group of Nova Scotians to participate in that effort.”