The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board was established in 1953 to assist Government in the development of policy under the provisions of the Apprenticeship Act "whereby a supply of trained personnel would be always available to industry and that by an organized programme of training our people would become responsible educated members of society."1
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have always been famous for their ability to work with their hands. At the first meeting of the Board in July 1953, the Chair - Dr. G. A. Frecker, a distinguished educator and engineer - stated that historically, a lack of formal training for specific occupations resulted in the majority of our Province’s population becoming "ordinary hewers of wood and drawers of water" when going abroad to seek work. To cure this deficiency, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador had, by 1953, established the Vocational Training Institute, enacted the Vocational Education Act and enacted the Apprenticeship Act.
Dr. Frecker noted that through these initiatives, Government had "laid a basis for sound progress" and that by "the co-ordination of all parties concerned with the administration of these Government policies, the time should not be too far distant when beneficial results should most certainly begin to appear".2
Mr. G. T. Dwyer, Deputy Minister of Labour in 1953, also commented that the members of the new Apprenticeship Board "have been given and have accepted a great responsibility as well as a wonderful opportunity to perform a public service which is bound to make itself felt in the years to come".3
The statements of Dr, Frecker and Mr. Dwyer could not have been more true. Since 1953, the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board, working closely with industry, training institutions and Government, has done much to develop and promote the apprenticeship system in Newfoundland and Labrador. Among their key accomplishments since 1953:
1 Minutes, First Meeting of the Apprenticeship Board, July 1953
The mandate of the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB) is very broad and one which covers a number of apprenticeship training issues. The Board:
The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board:
The following represents the current membership of the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board:
The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board holds meetings four times per year.
Some of the more recent initiatives of the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board include:
Funded under the Labor Market Development Agreement (LMDA), the Board is involved in a new Departmental initiative that will see: increased promotion of apprenticeship and an employer strategy to create more job opportunities for apprentices to gain work experience; a focus on increasing completion rate of apprentices to meet current and future skills shortages; the enhancement of the current Apprenticeship Information Management System; and discussions with other provinces to improve the transferability of apprenticeship training programs and mobility of apprentices.
The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board is responsible for the accreditation of all provincial apprenticeship training programs offered by private and public educational agencies. The purpose of accreditation is to provide an auditing mechanism to ensure that all apprenticeship programs are meeting the accreditation requirements as set by the Board. The Board initiated the Apprenticeship Program Accreditation Project in 1998 and to date, 67 programs have been accredited.
The Board is involved in an Atlantic Canada "Common Core Curriculum Standards" initiative between the four Atlantic Provinces, which will see the development of a core curriculum for a number of apprenticeship occupations.
For further information about the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board, please contact:
or contact the nearest Industrial Training office.
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