Rupertsland Institute (RLI) is now offering the Apprenticeship Service Program which provides $10,000 financial incentives for eligible small and medium-sized enterprises to sponsor first-year apprentices in 32 Red Seal trades.
The federally funded initiative is aimed at increasing participation in the trades from diverse equity groups, including Métis, First Nations, Inuit and women.
Keeping heavy machinery up and running in Northern Alberta is a big responsibility, and Bonnie’s Equipment is one of the companies willing to take on that challenge daily.
“The shop is always hopping,” said Daisy Pilipchuk, office manager at Bonnie’s.
Nails Enterprises recently hired Daniel Monias, a first-year apprentice carpenter as part of Rupertsland Institute’s (RLI) new Apprenticeship Services Program, a federally funded initiative aimed at increasing participation in the trades.
The federal government currently estimates that 700,000 skilled trades workers are expected to retire in Canada by 2028 and is investing nearly $247 million to help create more than 25,000 apprentice positions in skilled trades across Canada through partnerships with organizations such as RLI.