What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship training is a structured system of supervised training leading to certification in one of Saskatchewan’s designated trades.
Apprentices spend approximately 85% of the time working on the job, learning the knowledge and skills associated with a trade from a certified journeyperson. The remaining time is spent in theoretical and technical in-school training, which reinforces and expands on what is learned on the job.
Apprentices receive a broad range of trade experience on the work site. Technical training usually takes place at an institute for a period of six to twelve weeks each year. Recent initiatives have addressed flexible, innovative and timely training options.
Once an employer decides to train an individual as an apprentice, a contract of apprenticeship is signed by the apprentice, the employer, and Sask Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship training ranges from two to five years depending on the trade. Once apprentices complete the final level of training, they are eligible to write the journeyperson examination.
There are over 40 designated trades and 20 subtrades in Saskatchewan.
What are the steps to becoming an apprentice?
- Find an employer willing to provide the necessary on-the-job training and supervision.
- Sign an apprenticeship contract with the employer and register it with the SATCC. (See Applications & Forms)
- Work and learn on the job for the required period of time.
- Submit your hours of work – trade time – to the SATCC every few months.
- When notified by the SATCC, attend technical training for the required number of weeks each year.
- Pass your technical training.
- Upon successfully completing the apprenticeship program and passing the certification exam, the apprentice receives a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship and a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification.
Congratulations, you are a professional journeyperson now!