New Brunswick investing $1M to expand skilled trades program for students

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The New Brunswickis investing $1 million over three years to expand the New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program, which gives high school students early training and employment in the skilled trades.

The program connects employers with potential apprentices, enabling high school students to get a jump start on a career in the skilled trades.It allows students starting in Grade 10 to experience a trade; gain three years of summer employment; earn credits toward graduation; and complete the first level of a formal apprenticeship.

In 2013, the program grew to 30 students with 17 employers providing hands-on work opportunities in 18 trades. In 2014, it will expand to more communities, with more than 70 students working for 30 employers in more than 20 trades.

Applications for students will be accepted in March. Interested students and employers are encouraged to contact the program directly.Provincial funding for the New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program is made possible through the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreement.

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