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New apprentice grants to boost skilled trades in N.S.

By Kelli Rickard Feb 16, 2024 | 12:03 PM

Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Jill Balser announces grants for apprentices at Port Hawkesbury Paper February 16, 2024

Two new grants will help Nova Scotian apprentices as they prepare for their careers.

Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration, Jill Balser announced the support at Port Hawkesbury Paper Friday.

According to a release, the province will provide a one-time grant of up to $1,000 to purchase new tools, equipment and clothing required.

A technology support grant will offer up to $900 for a computer and accessories to apprentices enrolled in training.

Balser says “We need more skilled trades professionals to help build homes and infrastructure, and we want to make it easier for those who want to enter this workforce.”

To be eligible for either grant, apprentices must be registered with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

Applications open March 5th for the tools grant, which applies to tools that are essential for apprentices to carry out their work safely and effectively.

Technology supports are available now and all apprentices who are enrolled in technical training as of January 2024 can apply.

In October 2023, the provincial government announced actions to recruit, retain and train more people in the skilled trades to help build homes, hospitals and roads faster.