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Frequently Asked Questions

Client FAQ

What is the Rupertsland Institute Apprentice Service Program?
Am I eligible to participate?
Do I need to show proof to meet the eligibility requirements?
Which trades are eligible for the program?
The trade I would like to pursue is not on the list. Can I still access the program?
I am currently working as a non-sponsored employee for a company that has room for an apprentice. Can I still access this program, even though I am already an employee?
I started my first-year apprenticeship with another organization, but I left before I finished my hours and technical training. Can I access this program for the same trade?
I have a Red Seal in another trade, but I would like to transition to a new trade. Am I eligible?
Do I need to find the sponsoring employer myself?
What kind of companies can be considered for the program?
If I am going to be sponsored by my union, will I be eligible?
How long do I have to work with the employer before I can be sponsored?
How do I access the program?
Will Rupertsland Institute be able to sponsor my technical training?

Employer FAQ

What is the Apprenticeship Service Program?
What is an SME?
How does the Apprenticeship Service Program benefit SME’s?
Who is eligible for the program?
If a current employee is working as a labourer, and I want to move them into a trade, are they eligible?
I plan to hire an apprentice who is already registered in another trade but would like to change trades. Are they eligible?
I plan to hire an apprentice that apprenticed with a different employer. Do they qualify for the funding?
Can I hire an apprentice if they are registered as an apprentice through the union?
My company has separate divisions. Can each division access the Apprenticeship Service Program?
What is the financial incentive that SMEs receive? When do I receive the funding?
If apprenticeship / employment is terminated, or in event of bankruptcy, is the SME required to return funds?
Is the financial incentive received by the SME’s as part of the Apprenticeship Service Program taxable income?
How many first-year apprentices can I receive funding for?
What happens if I apply, but do not end up hiring a new first-year apprentice?
Are there any restrictions on how my company uses the money?
How do I determine if a potential apprentice is a member of one of the Equity Deserving Groups?
A potential hire self-identified as a member of one of the eligible Equity Deserving Groups, how do I connect with the Apprenticeship Service Program to determine eligibility to access the incentive?
What trades are included in the program?

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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