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Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program Needs Assessment

The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture with the funding support of NSDA ThinkFARM is working with Gary Morton (SKU Foods Inc) and your local Agriculture Resource Coordinators to better understand the need and commitment from farmers for a Farm Apprenticeship Technician Program in Nova Scotia.

There are many reports and statistics that highlight the local labour market in Nova Scotia, the skill needs, and labour demands as agriculture moves forward into the future.  There are also a variety of options to fulfill the challenges, one of them being to establish a Blue Seal Farm Technician Apprenticeship Program like the one currently in Prince Edward Island, where classroom training components are delivered by Dalhousie University.

The NSFA and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency want to better understand your impression, interest and commitment to an apprenticeship program specific to general farm labour in Nova Scotia.

There will be five focus group sessions across the province and if this topic is of interest, you are encouraged to either contact your local Agriculture Resource Coordinator (ARC) or contact Gary Morton at 902-670-3992  gary@skufood.com for participation details.

The dates are confirmed as follows:

Monday, January 29 – 1:00 – 3:00p.m.
Antigonish, Eastern Region Boardroom, 190 Beech Hill Road, Antigonish

Wednesday, January 31 –1:00 – 3:00
Kentville Research Station, Cornwallis Room, 32 Main Street, Kentville

Thursday, February 1 –10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Truro Lorraine Building, 74 Research Drive

Friday, February 2 –1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Cornwallis/Annapolis, 173 Haida St, Cornwallis Park

Tuesday, February 6 –1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Baddeck , Provincial building in Baddeck, 2 Campbell Street

 

There is also an online survey as part of the process and we would value your participation, please use the link below:

http://www.skufood.com/nsfa-assessment/