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About Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is post-secondary education that blends hands-on work experience with classroom learning.

Immersive Real-world Experience

Spend about 80% of your apprenticeship on the job, practicing your trade or profession.

  • Learning Partnership: Collaborate with a sponsor to hone your skills in real-world settings.
  • Expert Mentorship: Work alongside seasoned professionals who will mentor and guide you.
  • Earn while you Learn: Get your career started from day one and earn an income while you develop your skills and knowledge. 
  • Progress Tracking: Document your progress, including hours worked and skills mastered.

Practical Academic Education

The remaining 20% of your apprenticeship is dedicated to structured learning in a classroom or lab.

  • Annual Attendance: Once a year, attend a six-to-ten-week period at a college or polytechnic institute in Alberta.
  • Experienced Instructors: Benefit from the insights of seasoned instructors who will help you deepen your understanding.
  • Theoretical Knowledge: Delve into key concepts and safety protocols to ensure you thrive and remain safe in your profession.
  • Hand-on Application: Master the tools and techniques of your trade, and learn to apply theory in practical scenarios.
  • Competence Assessment: Pass exams to demonstrate how much you’re learned.

Graduate to Greater Opportunities

Complete your apprenticeship pan job-ready with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to succeed.

  • Programs vary in length from one to four years.
  • When you graduate, you’ll receive a:  
    • Journeyperson Certificate: This acknowledges your expertise and grants you the legal authority to work in your trade under the Journeyperson title. 
    • Education Credential: This confirms that you've successfully finished a post-secondary study program. 
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