NS to double number of secondary schools offering trades courses

February 3, 2012

On Friday, the Nova Scotia government announced a $6.7-million multi-year education plan aimed at putting students first by better preparing them for higher education, good jobs, and active citizenship. The province will introduce a new high school course in manufacturing trades that is linked to shipbuilding and the opportunities that will come with the Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding's $25-billion federal contract. The government will work with Nova Scotia Community College on a plan for training, including how to link the high school training appropriately with college courses in everything from trades to information technology. The government will double the number of secondary schools offering skilled trades over the next 4 years, and increase the number of students taking skilled trades where they are already offered. The province will also review high school courses, based on student interest and enrolment, and how the courses contribute to the essential skills and knowledge today's graduates need. Currently, more than 150 high school courses are offered across Nova Scotia -- with just 18 required for graduation. NS News Release | Chronicle Herald | Read the report