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About Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a way to learn job skills while you work and earn wages. It combines classroom study with on-the-job experience that lets you earn while you learn a skilled trade. An apprenticeship program leads to professional certification as a journeyperson. An apprentice learns their craft or trade on the job under the supervision and direction of a certified journeyperson.

Benefits of Apprenticeship Training

1. Earn while you learn!

As an apprentice, you receive a salary from the employer that hires you. This salary is in accordance with provincial standards and increases as each stage of the program is successfully completed.

2. Keep student debt low

Another big benefit of apprenticeship training is that debt loads after completion of apprenticeships are much lower, since apprentices “earn while they learn”.

3. Job opportunities

Skilled workers are in demand all across the country and the world.

4. Eligibility for employment insurance during in-class training

As an apprentice, you may be eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits during in-class training.

5. Receive personal training and mentorship

As an apprentice, you will have an opportunity to learn high level skills through personal, on-the-job training from a highly qualified journeyperson.

6. Acquire skills that will last a lifetime

As an apprentice, the skills you learn will not only last a lifetime, they will also open doors to other opportunities. You can take advanced training to continue developing your talent and work your way into challenging and rewarding careers in management or teaching. Many tradespeople start their own businesses.

Youth Apprenticeship

A youth apprentice is 16 to 19 years old.  Youth apprentices can start gaining hours toward their certification.  They do not attend the technical training until they are 20 years old.  While in high school, youth apprentices can work part time and full time during the summer or school breaks.  Youth out of school can also work full time.  Apprentices need to have completed Grade 12 or have their GED, so the youth apprenticeship program was designed to support people who are interested in beginning their career early before or shortly after their graduation.

Youth apprentices are supervised on a one-to-one basis by certified tradespeople and are paid like other workers for their hours.

For more information on apprenticeship, or on how to become an apprentice, please visit  nsapprenticeship.ca or workitns.ca


Once you complete your apprenticeship program and become certified, you can work anywhere in Canada, provided you pass the Red Seal Exam. You can then cross provincial barriers without the hassle of having to rewrite and pass certification exams. This means that you can follow the work and see a beautiful country, all while making a great living with a rewarding career. Most trades could take you from the Northwest Territories to British Columbia to Newfoundland. All you need is your certification and a sense of adventure!

Check out the following website for more information http://www.red-seal.ca