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While some trades don’t require Grade 12, many employers prefer their apprentices have a high school diploma.

Apprenticeship: Building foundations
starting with education

In the last newsletter we looked at some costs of becoming an Apprentice. This time we'll talk about education.

What education is required to become an apprentice?
The high school grade level required to enter an apprenticeship program varies from trade to trade and province to province in Canada. While some trades don’t require Grade 12, many employers prefer their apprentices have a high school diploma. Tradespeople require strong math, science and communications skills, which are all essential training received in high school. The minimum age for entering apprenticeship is 16.

Here's some information and resources on training and education that is available across Canada.

Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative helps residents to enter into apprenticeship training and gain work experience close to their communities. Contact them at 1-877-363-0536 or for information on programs in your area.

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) helps First Nations people to more easily enter into a skilled trade apprenticeship and helps graduates to find jobs. Check out the SIIT website to learn more about the construction trades programs available to you and to find your nearest career centre. They also have a Women in Trades program.

Students can become registered apprentices and work towards certification in their trade while completing high school through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is another avenue which provides students with skills to help them to transition into apprenticeship.

The Alberta Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative helps those who qualify to enter and complete an apprenticeship program. Visit the Alberta Department of Innovation and Advanced Education’s website to learn more about the program and to see if you qualify.
The Trade Winds to Success program offers pre-apprenticeship training programs in a number of trades. Check out their website here.

British Columbia
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sponsors a number of training programs through the Aboriginal in Trades Training (AITT) initiative. These programs can include education, training, counselling, support and even financial services. Visit their website.

The Government of Manitoba offers an Aboriginal Apprenticeship Training program that provides community-based training in First Nations and Métis communities. For more info click here.

The Hydro Northern Training Initiative (HNTI) helps northern Aboriginal residents find construction work at the Wuskwatim and Keeyask generating stations. Visit the Hydro Northern Training Initiative website to find out how you can access training.

The Aboriginal Construction Technology Program helps you learn skills that are relevant to the construction trades, as well as an understanding of a safe work site, life skills, resume writing, cultural awareness and tools to successfully pursue a career in your chosen construction field. Click here for more info.

(Info above from the AABO and the CSC.)

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