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About the Apprenticeship Service Program

The Apprenticeship Service Program (ASP) has been created to connect first year apprentices with employers across Alberta.

By 2028, it is expected that about 700,000 skilled trades workers across Canada will retire. The goal of the Apprenticeship Service Program is to support the creation of more than 25,000 new apprentice positions in skilled trades across Canada.

With funding by Employment and Social Development Canada, Rupertsland Institute has launched the Apprenticeship Service Program to support employers and aspiring trades workers by creating apprenticeship opportunities for individuals who self-identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nations, Inuit) and/or women (gender).  

As part of the Apprenticeship Service Program, the federal government will provide financial incentives for employers to connect and hire skilled trades workers in Alberta. Through this funding, Rupertsland Institute will target up to 150 first-year Red Seal apprentices per year.

Read the official documentation below to learn about the Apprenticeship Service Program:

Participate in the ASP as an Employer in Alberta:

Are you looking for opportunities to hire skilled trades workers and Red Seal approved apprentices? By participating in the Apprenticeship Service Program, our team will connect you with apprentice opportunities for all 32 official manufacturing and construction trades in Alberta.

In addition, employers are eligible to receive financial incentives of up to $20,000 per fiscal year to support the hiring of apprentices who self-identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nations, Inuit) and/or women (gender).

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Participate in the ASP as an Aspiring Trades Worker (Client) in Alberta:

Are you an aspiring trades worker who self-identifies as Indigenous (Métis, First Nations, Inuit) and/or women? The Apprenticeship Service Program is your opportunity to find the right apprentice placement in one of 32 skilled trades categories in Alberta. Our team will meet and connect you with employers who are actively looking to hire and train apprentices.

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Apprenticeship Service Program Closure

The Rupertsland Institute (RLI) Apprenticeship Service Program (ASP) is no longer accepting applications as of February 26, 2024. The program will cease operations on March 31, 2024.

With funding from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), ASP was launched on October 13, 2022, and acted as a support to connect employers and aspiring trades workers who self-identify as Indigenous (Métis, First Nations, Inuit) and/or women (gender). The workers were first year Construction and Manufacturing apprentices hoping to gain real world experience in one of 32 skilled trades.

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