People involved in the trades in Nova Scotia have an opportunity to provide input on proposed amendments to the apprenticeship system. The amendments to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act have been developed to better respond to industry and training needs. They will clarify the provincial government’s regulatory role and provide expanded options for certification. “The proposed changes will be useful to industry and trades people as they progress through different stages of their training. The changes are part of government’s effort to encourage continuous learning in the skilled trades,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The next step is to hear from people working in the field to make sure our proposed changes will contribute to an effective, relevant system that meets the requirements of industry.” The amendments are based on issues and concerns raised by industry stakeholders during the ongoing trade regulation review process. “Flexibility is critical when it comes to training apprentices and journey people in any industry,” said Graham Conrad, executive director, Nova Scotia Automotive Industry Human Resource Sector Council. “The proposed changes to the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act are a positive step toward clarifying the apprenticeship training and certification process and tailoring it to industry needs.” The proposed amendments are available in the Public Consultations section of the Department of Education website at apprenticeboard.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, 2021 Brunswick St., P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9. The deadline for comments is Friday, Aug. 19.