Apprentice ratio changed in Alberta

One journeyperson can now train two apprentices

The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board has changed the ratio of the number of apprentices a journeyperson can train.

As of Jan. 31, 2011, one journeyperson can train two apprentices in 37 out of 50 trades. Before the new regulations came into effect, one journeyperson could train only one apprentice.

The change affects most skilled trades including electricians, carpenters and plumbers.  

This change was made to help prepare for an anticipated increase in demand for skilled tradespeople in the province, the board said in a release.

The change brings Alberta’s rules in line with recent changes in Saskatchewan.

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