GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

December 08, 2006 09:35 ET

MP Fabian Manning Announces a $1.6 Million Government of Canada Investment to Help Apprentices Get Job Experience

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 8, 2006) - Fabian Manning, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding of $1.6 million to increase work opportunities for apprentices. This funding will expand the Targeted Wage Subsidies (TWS) program to encourage employers to hire apprentices who are having trouble obtaining work experience in their chosen field.

"This funding is part of the commitment made by Canada's new Government to help train Canadians for the skilled trades jobs that will secure them a much brighter future," said Mr. Manning. "This new funding will give apprentices valuable hands-on experience and training so they can move closer to finishing their education and becoming fully qualified tradespeople. It will also provide an added incentive to employers to hire young apprentices who they would not normally hire, and, of course, employer participation is key to a successful apprenticeship system."

The Targeted Wage Subsidies for Apprentices initiative is being implemented on a pilot basis until March 31, 2007, in order to determine uptake from both employers and apprentices. This pilot project is supported under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.

Targeted Wage Subsidies offer employers an incentive to hire persons with the expectation that the subsidy will lead to permanent employment. An employer's proposal is evaluated on the quality of the work experience offered to participants, as well as the likelihood that the job will continue in the long term.

Apprentices having difficulty finding work experience should contact their local Employment Assistance Services (EAS) office. Employers interested in receiving a wage subsidy for hiring an apprentice should contact their local Service Canada Centre (SCC).

This news release is available in alternative formats on request. Call 1 800 788-8282 on a touch-tone phone, or through a teletypewriter (TTY).

BACKGROUNDER

TARGETED WAGE SUBSIDIES FOR APPRENTICES

Targeted Wage Subsidies (TWS) is a federally-sponsored program, delivered through Service Canada, which helps individuals who have difficulty finding work gain the job experience they need to overcome their employment barriers.

TWS for Apprentices is a special initiative within the TWS program to help apprentices gain the necessary workplace skills in order to achieve journeyperson certification. TWS for Apprentices is administered under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement. TWS for Apprentices is in effect on a pilot basis in Newfoundland and Labrador until March 31, 2007.

Agreements are signed with employers offering a temporary wage subsidy as an incentive to hire individuals they would not normally hire. The goal is permanent employment with that employer or with another employer.

The program is available to individuals eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) assistance who have:

- completed their entry level training;

- registered (or are eligible to be registered) as apprentices with the provincial Department of Education;

- identified an employment barrier; or,

- developed a return-to-work action plan with an Employment Assistance Services (EAS) counsellor.

Candidates who have completed entry level training and are encountering problems getting relevant work experience, should contact their local EAS office.

Where the employer is based outside of Newfoundland and Labrador, the candidate must contact the Service Canada Centre (SCC) nearest to the employer and determine how to access TWS funding in that province.

Interested employers are encouraged to contact the local SCC office regarding TWS for Apprentices. Employers can post job advertisements stating their interest and ability to hire a TWS-sponsored candidate. It should be noted, however, that this program is client-focused and not intended to simply subsidize employers' labour costs.

Contact Information

  • media only: Service Canada
    Newfoundland and Labrador Region
    Lorne Lambert
    Regional Communications Manager
    709-772-5346
    or
    Department of Education
    Jacquelyn Howard
    Director of Communications
    709-729-0048
    or
    Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Public Enquiries:
    1-800-O-Canada (1 800 622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105
    servicecanada.gc.ca
    or
    St John's Service Canada Centre
    709-772-2982