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Sponsors and Employers

Sponsors and employers play pivotal roles in shaping your apprenticeship journey.

The Sponsor

Your guiding organization.

  • Commitment to Quality: Your sponsor is the organization dedicated to ensuring you receive quality paid on-the-job mentorship and supporting your progression through your apprenticeship.
  • Formal Agreement: You'll enter into an Apprenticeship Education Agreement with your sponsor. This agreement is officially registered with Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
  • Tracking Progress: The sponsor assists in monitoring, verifying and reporting your on-the-job hours.

The Employer

 Your on-site mentor.

  • Role & Responsibility: Your employer is the individual or company that hires and compensates you for your work. They play a hands-on role in your day-to-day apprenticeship journey.
  • Mentorship: The employer provides you with on-the-job mentorship, typically through a certified journeyperson. This ensures you're continually learning and refining your skills on the job.

What's the difference?

For most apprentices, the sponsor and employer are one and the same.

However, there are instances where they could be a separate. Some apprentices work with numerous employers but remain under the umbrella of a single sponsor.

  • Example: Union Sponsor
    • Sponsor: A union can act as your sponsor, dispatching you to various job sites for hands-on experience and guiding your apprenticeship journey.
    • Employer: The individual or company at each job site becomes your employer, offering you work and mentorship.

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