What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship programming can be thought of as the ultimate co-op or "earn while you learn" training program. Participants (Apprentices) earn wages while attaining practical skills under the supervision of a certified tradesperson (Journeyperson). The workplace portion accounts for about 80% of the program while the "in-class" or technical training portion equates to approximately 20% of an apprentices training.

Apprenticeship Training - Pre-Apprentice Programs

Enrollment in an NSCC pre-apprentice trade program dramatically increases the success rate in Apprenticeship programming. Statistics demonstrate that graduates have greater employment opportunities, as well as high achievement rates in Apprenticeship training through to Journeyperson status.

Where articulated, graduates of NSCC pre-apprentice programs attain advanced standing for both theoretical and practical training once they have gained employment and registration in an applicable Apprenticeship program with the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development division.

Direct Entry into Apprenticeship Training

Candidates interested in entering directly into Apprenticeship training in a skilled designated trade must first seek employment under the direction of a qualified Journeyperson and enter an agreement between the employee, employer, and Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development division.

NSCC offers apprenticeship training in over twenty different designated trades through a partnership with the Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Apprenticeship Training and Skill Development division. The School of Trades and Technology offers a number of pre-apprentice one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs providing entry-level skills and advance standing for those choosing to continue their careers in skilled trades as apprentices.

The demand for apprentices in Nova Scotia is high due to the thriving economy and also due to the demographics of current journeypersons in various trade areas. A retiring workforce means that there are great opportunities for young men and women to enter these lucrative careers and start earning today.

The journeyperson designation can open a lot of doors not only in one's immediate field, but also in related industries, allowing more options and choices to apprentices and employers alike.

Red Seal Program

A Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification are awarded to the apprentice when the certification examination is successfully completed at the completion of training. Graduates of apprenticeship programs are called certified journeypersons - men or women who have demonstrated that they have the industry-established competencies required in a particular trade. Upon passing the Interprovincial examination in a designated Red Seal trade, men and women with journeyperson status may work anywhere in Canada without writing further examinations.

Flexible options

NSCC - Online Learning offers some of the same courses online and many clients choose to train in this medium. They can stay on the job and study at the same time. Some clients use a combination of web-based and in-class training. It is a much more flexible and adaptable arrangement.

Training in the refreshed apprenticeship programs is offered through a course-based format (each course is a thirty hour credit) that is adaptable to delivery in the classroom or through the Internet. Courses are delivered using content structured around the National Occupational Analyses Series.

Courses are delivered to best meet the needs of both apprentices and industry, blending a variety of educational delivery methods, including interactive distance education methods, part-time classroom instruction and self-study. The alternate delivery approach allows apprentices to work at their own pace while maintaining contact with faculty.

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