Province Helps Construction Workers, Companies Access Training
Published by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Friday, July 12, 2013
Construction workers and small businesses will soon have access to more training at their worksite, saving money and time, and helping workers maintain and develop skills for good jobs.
Continuously learning and improving skills are essential to the success of our businesses and our workers. Providing accessible training, particularly for small businesses in rural areas, will help to make businesses more productive and make sure that workers have the skills they need for the job.
MLA Becky Kent
Our members told us that having to go to Halifax for training costs too much and takes workers off the job. CANS Connect will allow our members to connect with each other, and training across the Atlantic provinces.
Duncan Williams, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia
There have been some excellent courses offered that we haven't been able to take advantage of because of the cost and time for travel. Having these courses offered using video equipment will now mean that my team can access the training they need to stay competitive.
Peter Graves, owner of Graves Electrical in Yarmouth
- MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Labour and Advanced Education Minister Frank Corbett, announced provincial funding for a new high-definition, video system that will deliver customized training to more than 750 commercial construction businesses across the province.
- The Construction Association of Nova Scotia will deliver the video-based training, which will cut travel costs, be easier for workers and allow more time for coaching and mentoring new employees. The factors are important for an industry that needs to attract and retain skilled labour.
- The construction industry employs more than 30,000 Nova Scotians. It is estimated that 7,000 more skilled workers will be needed over the next decade.
-- The system will also allow people to connect and share ideas with others in the industry.
- In 2011, the province released its workforce strategy. Key parts of the strategy include supporting learning and skills development, and enhancing and increasing opportunities for success in the workplace.
- Chrissy Matheson
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