Nova Scotia to provide mobile training to apprentices, students

$1.5-million investment includes labs, simulators
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/29/2012

Students, teachers and employers across Nova Scotia will soon have access to mobile training equipment and labs to help train workers.

The provincial government is making a $2.3-million investment to help more Nova Scotians receive skills and training they otherwise would not be able to access.

The investment will provide Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) with $775,000 for mobile training equipment and $1.5 million for a mobile training lab, both which can be used by students anywhere in the province, not just on campus. The mobile training lab will be ready to provide students with nationally accredited training in the fall of 2014.

"These new training tools give NSCC the flexibility to respond to the needs of industry and the workforce to grow the economy," said NSCC president Don Bureaux. "These mobile training labs and simulators will give us the ability to continue providing flexible solutions to the training needs of Nova Scotia's industry."

Employers of apprentices will also benefit from the mobile units, which can provide apprenticeship training where it had not been previously available.

"The province believes in investing in people — in education, training and skills for good jobs that are the foundation for a good future," said Premier Darrell Dexter. "We need to take advantage of this opportunity and make smart investments that will bring high-quality, hands-on training to Nova Scotians living in any corner of the province."

Federal shipbuilding contracts will provide about 11,000 jobs and work for the next 30 years when the project hits its stride, according to the government.

The province has also established a Community Mobile Training Initiative to help reach Nova Scotians who cannot get to a campus location to acquire or upgrade skills.

"These programs give learners in remote communities, and those in underrepresented groups, a unique opportunity to access the training needed to take advantage of the biggest opportunities in the province's history," said Dexter. "This ensures Nova Scotians have access to the right training anywhere in the province."

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