If you’re looking for a new career in the Trades, you may be wondering how you get started in an apprenticeship. Since it can be a confusing process, we’ve decided to write a short guide to help you get started.
In the most basic sense, an apprenticeship is the gateway to learning a trade. As an apprentice you will make a wage and receive on-the-job training. You’ll also receive technical training during each level of the program to complement the training you receive in the workplace. Each time you complete a level you’ll see an increase in your pay, and, eventually, once you’ve completed all the requirements for the program, you’ll earn journeyperson status.
Before you even think about becoming an apprentice you’ll have to choose a trade. Visit the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for a list of BC apprenticeship programs.
Once you’ve decided on a trade there are essentially three ways to become an apprentice:
Yes. Apprentices who are engaged in eligible apprenticeship programs can receive tax credits from the Training Tax Credit Program. There is also a Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction that some apprentices can claim if they’re eligible. Additionally, there are two grants that apprentices can apply for, which are designed to make a career in the trades more attractive. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is available for apprentices who have finished their first or second year. It is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year up to a maximum of $2,000. The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is another cash grant of $2,000 that is available to apprentices who have successfully completed their apprenticeship training. Lastly, while apprentices are at school for technical training, they may apply for employment insurance through Service Canada—provided they qualify.
For a far more in-depth guide please visit the Apprenticeship Toolkit! Please comment if you have any more information that you'd like to share regarding apprenticeship training.
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