01/15/2013 04:51 EST | Updated 03/17/2013 05:12 EDT

N.S. government seeking advice on improving apprenticeship program

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is assessing its apprenticeship program.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More announced today that an advisory panel will get advice on how to strengthen the apprenticeship system.

The province says it wants to hear from employers and industry on what they can do to ensure apprentices are ready for good jobs in Nova Scotia.

It will look at how to get people ready for jobs more quickly with combined training, offering more online options and training programs with other provinces.

In its first meeting later this month, the panel will look at solutions that build on what the province has heard from apprentices, trainers and employers during the past year.

The apprenticeship review report is supposed to be ready in the spring.