COVID-19 Information for Apprentices and Trades Qualifier Applicants

The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled and all scheduled exam sessions are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

All Apprenticeship and Industry Training exams being written at an AIT office will be suspended until further notice. Reintroduction of exams will be dependent on the development of a plan that protects the health of AIT staff and clients.

Because front counter service is closed, clients are encouraged to upload or take a picture of any paper documents and submit them through their MyTradesecrets account by clicking the Upload button on the Documents tab. Documents you can upload include:

  • Record book
  • employer letters
  • Acceptance or release cards
  • Transcripts
  • Any other document you need to send to an AIT office

For more information, go to Tradesecrets.alberta.ca/upload.

Apprentices enrolled in or registered for technical training

Advanced Education has been working with eleven post-secondary institutions who deliver classroom learning to determine the best course of action that will help protect the health of apprentices, instructors and staff.

The March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled. All scheduled exam sessions are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Apprentices who started classroom instruction on or after March 2, 2020 should discuss tuition options with their institutions. Priority will be given to affected apprentices seeking to re-register for classes in the 2020/21 academic year. Details to follow.

Apprentices who started technical training before March 2, 2020 will be contacted and advised by their institution about next steps for distance learning options, assessments and completion. Distance learning will begin the week of March 23. Apprentices who complete the program and are in good academic standing will not be required to complete the provincial theory or practical examinations.

Trades Qualifier Applicants

All scheduled exam sessions are cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Application assessment times may be delayed.  Apprenticeship and Industry Training must be able to confirm your hands-on work experience in the trade with the employer(s) listed on your application to process your Trades Qualifier application.

New Employment Insurance measures

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses. Details on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, including new Employment Insurance measures, can be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Apprenticeship grants

Due to school closure, the completion of a level of technical training to enable an apprentice to progress or to complete apprenticeship may be delayed. As a result, Apprentices will not be eligible for Apprenticeship Grants until the province or territory in which they are registered provides documents that confirm progression/completion in apprenticeship.

Pause on repayment of Canada Apprenticeship Loans

To support student and apprentice loan borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada recently announced its plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans until September 30, 2020 with no accrual of interest. 

Pending parliamentary approval, these measures will become effective March 30, 2020.  As of this date, all student loan borrowers will automatically have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. 

Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause. For more information, follow the link: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

As the situation evolves, ESDC will provide updates as information becomes available.

 

Contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823 if you need information or wish to discuss your apprenticeship. Further updates will be posted on this page.