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Ratio and Youth Apprenticeship
Monday, August 24, 2009

Registered youth apprentices in Nova Scotia who are currently enrolled full-time in a secondary educational institution, will not be included in the apprentice to journeyperson ratio. Under these conditions, a variance of ratio will be provided to employers who register youth apprentices, and this variance will be in effect until the youth apprentice turns 20 years or age, or three months after high school graduation, whichever comes first. 

Recognizing the importance of safety, youth apprentices who do not fall within the ratio requirement will require direct supervision by a journeyperson in the same trade for which they are registered and performing work. The level of direct supervision must be such that the journeyperson is on-site, readily available and able to provide immediate instruction, demonstration and feedback to the youth apprentice. 

This new policy is in direct response to some of the barriers youth are faced with when trying to enter into an apprenticeship training program. Since youth attending secondary educational institutions are only able to work on a part-time basis throughout the year, this creates challenges for employers wishing to register youth apprentices while maintaining the ratio of one journeyperson to one apprentice.

For more information on this policy, contact the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator or one of the Industrial Training and Certification Officers across the province.