Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Framework and Advisory Committee

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the Apprenticeship system by: Raising awareness of apprenticeship opportunities for participants from diverse communities; reducing barriers to apprenticeship and trade certification; enhancing employer and individuals' supports; creating partnerships for diversity and inclusion;  and encouraging apprenticeship employers to hire individuals from diverse groups, such as: Aboriginal PeoplesAfrican Nova ScotiansImmigrantsWomen (non-traditional trades) and Differently-abled individuals. The diversity framework,  Building More Equitable Pathways, is complete and Phase II is now underway. Under Phase II, the Agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee (DIAC) was established (12 members, including 4 NSAA staff and 2 NSAA Board members) to offer recommendations on implementing the Framework.

Aboriginal Peoples

Aboriginal Peoples in the trades

There are excellent opportunities for Aboriginal peoples in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program. The Agency is committed to work with First Nations communities, Aboriginal organizations and employers to prioritize the hiring of aboriginal apprentices in housing, construction and other projects in First Nations communities and surrounding areas. As well, an Aboriginal Apprenticeship Advisory Committee has been established to provide a forum for networking and discussion to identify and address barriers and gaps in trades training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.INFORMATION & RESOURCES...

African Nova Scotians

African Nova Scotians in the trades

There are excellent opportunities for African Nova Scotians in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program, or if you have significant experience, obtain certification in your chosen occupation. The Agency is committed to engage with diversity and inclusion leaders in education, employment departments and community organizations, such as the East Preston Empowerment Academy and other community organizations, to address the employment and training needs of individuals from African Nova Scotian communities.   Check out a video about the work the Academy and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency are doing.

Immigrants

Immigrants to Nova Scotia

There are excellent opportunities for immigrants in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program, or if you have significant experience, obtain certification in your chosen occupation. The Agency is committed to engage with diversity and inclusion leaders in education, employment and immigration departments, and community organizations, such as Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), to address the employment needs of newcomers with trades backgrounds.   Check out a video about the Apprenticeship Agency and ISANS successful pilot project, "Work-based Trades Practical Assessment". INFORMATION & RESOURCES...

Women in Non-traditional Trades

Women in Non-traditional Trades

There are excellent opportunities for women in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program. The Agency is committed to support and partner with organizations such as Women Unlimited to ensure trades pathways that work for women are built collaboratively, barriers are identified and addressed, and more opportunities for women to complete apprenticeship exist across the province. Check out this success-story video and this one about women in trucking in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

Differently-abled Tradespeople

Differently-abled Tradespeople

There are excellent opportunities for individuals who are differently-abled in the skilled trades. Certified tradespeople are in demand in the Nova Scotia labour force. So, if you want a rewarding career, now is the time to explore an apprenticeship program. The Agency is committed to engage with employment and education organizations supporting individuals who are differently-abled to identify and implement collaborative initiatives.