Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job experience with technical classroom training. After completing both the classroom and the on-the-job training, apprentices can receive journeyperson certification or a certificate of qualification. Depending on the trade, it takes about 2 to 5 years as an apprentice to become a certified journeyperson. About 80% to 90% of the training is in the workplace; the rest is at a training institution.
Nova Scotia Power sponsors and runs internal apprenticeship programs for the following red seal or provincially designated trades in Nova Scotia:
- Powerline Technician
- Power Engineer
- Industrial Mechanic
- Instrumentation and Control Technician
- Gas Fitter
The IBEW Local 1928 participates in the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) with Nova Scotia Power Inc. to help direct and support apprentices. For information about the JAC, please contact one of the participating union representatives:
Jim Sponagle: (902) 450-5366
Craig Anderson: (902) 499-7007
APPRENTICESHIP IN THE LABOUR POOL:
The purpose of IBEW Local 1928 sponsoring a limited number of apprentices in the NSP Labour Pool is to allow NSP term employees to collect apprentice hours that will lead to certification in a provincial or Red Seal trade that is not sponsored by NSP. Note that IBEW Local 1928 is not an employer, but a sponsor. The NSP Labour Pool Administrator manages a system for distributing available term work fairly amongst qualified Labour Pool B members. In this way, Local 1928 aims to help more members achieve trade certification. At present, the labour pool apprenticeship is full. We have had a lot of success in sponsoring the current apprenticeships. Please check back shortly for future availability.