Describe the program's most important achievements and lessons learned:
Between April 2005 and June 2009, 392 individuals registered as youth apprentices in Nova Scotia. From July 1, 2009 to September 29, 2010, there were 233 youth apprentices registered, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the program From September 2009 to June 2010, the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator made presentations to approximately 2768 youth and 227 teachers, 51 guidance counselors and administrators at approximately 50 High School covering all School Boards. In 2008, the Apprenticeship Training division developed a guide to the Youth Apprenticeship program and specifically the WorkIt initiative. This guide, entitled, “WorkIt: A Guide to Youth Apprenticeship” has also been distributed and made available to youth, educators, employers and parents through the WorkIt website. This guide will act as a resource for individuals to better understand the apprenticeship system and the various pathways to certification in a designated trade.
We have learned that an effective Youth Apprenticeship program involves a number of collaborative activities and partnerships. Information is not enough for the students. In order to provide a clear pathway to the skilled trades, students, teachers, guidance counselors and parents need the correct information, but the students need opportunities to explore the various occupations. The WorkIt Grants to the school boards greatly assist the schools to provide real experiences and exposure to the trades. Partnerships with various associations and labour organizations are necessary to provide work placements. The involvement of the Community College is necessary to provide essential workplace safety training to ensure students have the knowledge, skill and awareness that allows them to participate in skilled trades placements in a safe manner.