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Kenney official cites progress at meeting with provinces on apprenticeships

Employment Minister Jason Kenney responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons Friday June 20, 2014 in Ottawa. Kenney is apparently making progress with the provinces in his efforts toward a harmonized approach to apprenticeships. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Employment Minister Jason Kenney responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons Friday June 20, 2014 in Ottawa. Kenney is apparently making progress with the provinces in his efforts toward a harmonized approach to apprenticeships. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney is apparently making progress with the provinces in his efforts toward a harmonized approach to apprenticeships.

At a meeting with provincial and territorial labour ministers last week in Charlottetown, Kenney sought a clear commitment on apprenticeships and a specific timeline to facilitate labour mobility between provinces for skilled tradespeople.

The discussions were a success and the provinces were "very positive," says a government official not authorized to speak on the record.

Last fall, there was little enthusiasm by the provinces and territories to move forward with a national approach on apprenticeships.

But Kenney has been able to convince them by relaying what he learned during his trip to Germany and the U.K. earlier this year to learn about their apprenticeship programs, the official said.

The provinces will report to Kenney in the fall on the implementation of harmonization in 10 key trades over the next 18 months.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version. An earlier version erroneously said Kenney will report to the provinces.

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