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What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a training program that combines on-the-job training, work experience and technical training in a trade. From day one, apprentices earn a salary for their time on the job. An apprenticeship training program lasts one to four years depending on the trade.

Are You Interested in Becoming an Apprentice?

Check out these resources:

  • Apprenticeship in Alberta—This tip sheet introduces apprenticeship and includes tips on choosing a trade, finding an employer and applying to an apprenticeship program.
  • Tradesecrets—This Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website offers information about training, certification, scholarships, financial assistance and more as well as resources for employers, employees and apprentices.
  • Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) for high school students—This program allows high school students to earn credits toward an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma at the same time.

For Apprentices and Journeypersons

Are you a journeyperson who wants to move from Alberta to another province or country or from another province or country to Alberta?

If so, you’ll want to know about these programs:

  • Red Seal Program—This interprovincial standards program makes it easier for skilled workers to move and work across Canada.
  • Apprenticeship and Labour Mobility—This multi-level initiative helps ensure that qualified, skilled Canadian workers can practise their respective trades across Canada.
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