Many skilled workers are expected to retire over the next few years in Nova Scotia.
Given this impending skills shortage, it is critical to begin training the workforce of the future.
Apprenticeship training provides an opportunity to do just that, and it is an employer's competitive advantage. When you hire an apprentice, you have a chance to train them to your professional standards and according to your business needs. The apprenticeship training model is tailor-made to develop Nova Scotia's workforce.
In 2008, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, CAF, hosted employer engagement forums. The employers who participated in the events offered a number of compelling reasons for why they support apprenticeship training:
As an employer, what can the apprenticeship program do for me?
You have a chance to enhance the quality of training in your workplace by promoting and participating in apprenticeship. This can make your company more attractive to new employees and help retain them.
Is there a cost for me to register an apprentice?
No, there is no cost to the employer to register an apprentice. Additionally, your company may be eligible to apply for an Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.