Proposed changes to update provincial regulations will help apprentices in designated trades achieve certification. The province is looking for public input into the proposed changes, which were developed by business and labour representatives of 11 trades. “We’ve been working with our industry and labour partners to bring Nova Scotia’s trade regulations up to date, to accurately reflect industry requirements and the needs of apprentices,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The next step is to hear from people working in the field to make sure we’ve got the most relevant, effective training to help apprentices fill gaps in their industries.” The proposed changes include updated trade definitions to reflect new technologies in various industries. Other recommendations include a guaranteed minimum wage and trade regulations that match existing apprenticeship legislation. Proposed regulation changes will apply to the plumber, cook, construction electrician, industrial electrician, alarm and security technician, machinist, ironworker, floorcovering installer, industrial instrument technician, industrial mechanic (millwright), and agricultural equipment technician trades. “These changes will improve the apprenticeship process to make it more efficient for Nova Scotians to achieve certification and enter designated trades,” said Donald Hiltz, manager of Atlantic operations for multi-trade contractor Black and McDonald Limited. “Not only will the revised regulations improve the apprenticeship system, but they will strengthen industry in the province.” One proposed regulation change would see an additional 900 hours of training for the floorcovering installer apprenticeship program, providing better opportunities for learning and mentoring in the trade. Draft regulations are available on the Department of Education website at www.ednet.ns.ca or by calling 902-424-0872. Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected], by fax to 902-424-0717, or by mail to Provincial Apprenticeship Board, Trade Regulation Review, 2021 Brunswick St., P.O. Box 578, Halifax, NS, B3J 2S9. The deadline for comments is noon, June 30. The apprenticeship training and skill development division of the Department of Education works with apprentices in designated trades to help them achieve certification. For more information, call the division at 1-800-494-5651 or see the website at www.apprenticeship.ednet.ns.ca .