CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

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On March 18, the Government of Saskatchewan declared a provincial State of Emergency.

The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our province’s apprentices and employers, as well as the safety of our staff, as we face COVID-19.

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What This Means for Apprentices and Employers:

Technical Training 

Apprenticeship technical training currently taking place at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and all technical training scheduled for April and May at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, is cancelled and will be rescheduled for the fall intakes.

Apprenticeship technical training currently taking place at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT), and all technical training scheduled for April and May at SIIT, is cancelled and will be rescheduled for the fall intakes.

Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) technical training currently scheduled for April at Parkland College is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Powerline Technician technical training currently taking place at SaskPower is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Boom Truck Operator technical training scheduled for May and Mobile Crane Operator training scheduled for June at the Western Trade Training Institute is cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Apprentices whose training is rescheduled will receive grades for the portions they’ve completed.

The SATCC has contacted apprentices whose training is affected.

Affected apprentices will receive tuition refunds by April 30, 2020. Note: If the payee was not the apprentice, but the cheque has been sent to the apprentice’s home address, it is the apprentice’s responsibility to deliver the cheque to the appropriate person.

Currency requirements will not be affected.

Apprenticeship Training Allowance

Apprentices currently receiving the Apprenticeship Training Allowance whose training has been rescheduled will receive the full amount they were eligible for.

Examinations

Examinations will be rescheduled, effective March 19, 2020. Exam fees will not be refunded unless requested by the apprentice or tradesperson.

Government of Canada Apprenticeship Grants

Employment and Social Development Canada / Service Canada is extending the deadline to apply for an Apprenticeship Grant for apprentices who progressed on or after January 1, 2019. This is a six-month extension which will give apprentices 18 months – rather than 12 months – from their progression date to submit an application. For more information, please contact Service Canada: 1-866-742-3644 (toll-free within Canada) or 1-866-909-9757 (TTY).

Where to learn more

Apprentices looking for general information regarding COVID-19 and up-to-date travel and self-isolation recommendations are encouraged to visit saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.

Apprentices with medical concerns should contact the HealthLine 811 or their family doctor.

SATCC offices are closed to the public until further notice. However, we will continue to serve our clients. If you need to contact the SATCC, please phone us toll-free: 1-877-363-0536 or email: apprenticeship@gov.sk.ca.