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THE ATLANTIC APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL (AAC)

The Atlantic Apprenticeship Council is comprised of the Apprenticeship Board Chairs and Directors of Apprenticeship from each of the four Atlantic Provinces. Their goal is to work cooperatively to foster the development of a highly-skilled workforce and to work together, from a regional perspective, to facilitate and share best practices in order to streamline mobility of workers. The desired outcomes of the AAC were, and continue to be, to create efficiencies in time and resources, and to promote consistency in training and apprentice mobility.

Atlantic Apprenticeship Harmonization Project (AAHP)

The Council of Atlantic Premiers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding Apprenticeship Harmonization on May 26, 2014, affirming their commitment to aligning apprenticeship programs and systems in Atlantic Canada. 

There are three overarching objectives of AAHP:

  • Increase the mobility of apprentices and ease the associated processes for all stakeholders through elimination of current complexity of rules, standards, names, curriculum policies, books, etc.;
  • Improve completion rates and time of completion for apprentices through greater availability of training to apprentices by collaborative curriculum development, increased alternative delivery and sequenced training that allows maximum utilization of existing training; and
  • Increase the number of apprentices and journeypersons through shared program marketing, improved testing processes for apprentices and trade qualifiers, better access to holders of foreign credentials, and support to gender and equity groups.

The AAC has identified 21 Elements for Harmonization resulting in an inclusive and comprehensive work plan to address each of the objectives. For the most recent project status update, please click here. For more information on AAHP, please click here.

In addition to the harmonization of standards and processes, the Council of Atlantic Premiers formally affirmed their commitment to apprentice mobility with the signing of the Atlantic Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Apprentice Mobility on June 29, 2015. 

The purpose of the MOU is to enable seamless mobility of apprentices across the Atlantic Provinces and to provide a consistent approach for the recognition of pre-apprenticeship training. For more information on the MOU, please click here.