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Apprenticeships must be approved by the provincial body that looks after registering apprenticeships, such as the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

Getting yourself apprenticed
... a few more things to consider

Over the past few issues of this newsletter we've covered a lot of ground. Here are some other things to think about if you are considering an apprenticeship.

Who all can apprentice me?
Generally apprenticeship sponsors are employers such as construction contractors or repair shop owners. But employers aren’t the only ones who can sponsor an apprentice. Union members in construction trades are always apprenticed. Union apprenticeship training committees will take on new apprentices. Potential apprentices should consider applying to unions as well when looking for employment.

Registering the apprenticeship
In order to be eligible to sponsor an apprentice an employer or union must show that they are capable of providing training, and be approved by the provincial body that looks after registering apprenticeships. In Saskatchewan, for example, it's the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) click here for more info. 
In Ontario it's under the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MTCUmore info.

If someone is already working in a trade, when should they get apprenticed?
The decision is up to the individual, however apprentices have been proven to learn faster and make it to journeyperson status faster than those who learn trades other ways. Certain trades also require that people working in them be either certified journey persons or registered apprentices. Trades like electrician or alignment and brake technicians, are restricted to those who are journeypersons or apprentices. Other trades like carpenters or welders however are not restricted. If an individual is already working in a trade, their work experience may also count towards the hours needed to complete the apprenticeship training. An SATCC or MTCU training consultant, for esample, could help with this.

If an employer won’t apprentice someone what should they do?
While apprenticeship does not demand much cost from an employer it does demand time and resources.  If an employer is reluctant, you could remind him/her of tax credits available in most provinces which provide employers a refundable tax credit for employing apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of their program. If the employer simply does not support apprenticeship you may be able to find another employer who will or see if the union will sponsor you. In Ontario, for example, ASETS apprenticeship coordinators can put people  in contact with employers who are looking for apprentices.

Who will do the training?
On-the-job training is done by qualified journeypersons at the apprentice’s place of employment.  The ratio of journeypersons to apprentices is often one to one but it can be one journeyperson to up to three apprentices, depending on availability.

Info above from the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario.

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