Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Friday, February 18, 2005

Alberta Goulag:Direction provided for concerns on Power Line Workers 


204 Legislature Building, 10800 - 97th Avenue N.W., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5K 2B6

Telephone 780/427-2025 Fax 780/427-5582

February 10, 2005

Mr. John Clark
14815 - 123 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5L 2Y7

Dear Mr. Clark:

Honourable Ralph Klein, Premier, has forwarded to me your recent e-mail regarding your concern that U.S. apprentices will take jobs away from Albertans. As Minister of Advanced Education, I am pleased to respond to you.

As you have noted, the length of apprenticeship training programs vary by jurisdiction. In Canada, the power lineman (powerline technician) apprenticeship program ranges between 3.5 and 4 years in length. The length also varies throughout the United States. The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, which is responsible for setting training and certifìcation standards in designated trades, such as power lineman, recognizes apprenticeship programs and certification in the trades based on the similarity in course outcomes and competencies of the certificate holder.

Regarding the employment of U.S. workers, note that prior to recruiting workers from outside Canada, employers must first demonstrate strong and continued work in training Alberta apprentices, and/or recruiting available and qualitied Alberta and other Canadian tradespeople. If you would Re clarification on certitìcation and out-of-country recruitment requirements for the pewer linemen in Alberta, please contact Mr. Olie Schell, Director, Apprenticeship Initiatives at (780) 427-5735. He would be pleased to discuss any further concerns you may have.

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

Yours truly,

Dave Hancock, Q.C. Minister

cc: Honourable Ralph Klein Premier

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