Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Auditor General Report Found Gaps in Manitoba's Apprenticeship Program

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Auditor General Report Found Gaps in Manitoba's Apprenticeship Program

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Report found gaps in apprentice program

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WINNIPEG - A report on the management of Manitoba's apprenticeship program has found gaps in oversight of in-school and workplace training, as well as the monitoring of apprentices' progress.

The report was released Tuesday by Auditor General Norm Ricard.

He says Apprenticeship Manitoba's visits to workplaces focused more on promoting greater participation in the system, rather than ensuring apprentices had suitable and safe work experiences.

Apprenticeship Manitoba is a branch of the Department of Education and Training.

To become journeymen, apprentices spend roughly 80 per cent of their time doing on the job training, and 20 per cent in school.

The report states the number of active apprentices grew 93 per cent between 2006/2007 and 2015/2016, but the number of those completing their programs remained flat. …

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