Prospective tradespeople enrolled in Nova Scotia Community College courses will no longer have to pay for that training, as the province announced Tuesday it will pick up the tuition tab in an effort to lure more young people into the trades.
That’s good news for Stefan Soiu, an apprentice electrician currently working for Henderson Electrical Installations in Waverley. He came to Nova Scotia from Romania five years ago.
As part of his apprenticeship, Soiu needs to complete four blocks of training at NSCC, each lasting between seven and 10 weeks. The government’s decision to wave tuition on those means he will save $3,000 over the course of his training.
“[As] a foreigner, any money is good money that can be saved,” he said.
Lester Buckland, the regional manager for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick at Black & McDonald, a mechanical and electrical contractor, is also supportive. 
He said a shortage of skilled workers is the “biggest risk area” for the company and he considers the government’s decision a move towards rectifying that.
“When we …