Manitoba introduces new certified occupations act

Would certify on-the-job training for certain industries
||Last Updated: 05/06/2015

Manitoba has introduced a new certified occupations act that would provide better training and skills development for Manitoba workers, according to Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief.

The proposed act would ensure Manitoba workers in certain industries would be able to receive certification in their occupation from on-the-job training as well as classroom training from accredited providers.

"Manitoba businesses have many specialized jobs that people new to the job market need to know are an option for them," said Chief. "We have the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada, as well as many newcomers and others who are just looking for a chance to put their abilities to use in a new occupation. This proposed act is about giving them a tap on the shoulder to show them the possibilities available."

The proposed act would see enhanced training and certification for select occupations. The first occupation that would be certified would be commercial truck drivers.

The new framework would also provide the opportunity to work with new sectors.

New occupations covered by the proposed legislation would be distinct from the apprenticeship and certification system, and could include occupations such as the information and technology sector. The new system would include industry-led standards development, a competency-based training model and the requirement of both classroom and on-the-job training. Standards would be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders.

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