Training & Education
Apprenticeship & Trade Training
Skilled workers are the heartbeat of the oil and gas industry.
Workers from all trades and disciplines are often needed to
successfully implement oil and gas projects from start to finish.
Completing an apprenticeship could be an excellent pathway to
joining the industry as a skilled worker.
New apprentices see their skills and income grow because of the
on-the-job and in-school technical training they receive. While
they are apprentices, they earn while they learn in a partnership
with their employer or sponsor and the provincial/territorial
government. An apprenticeship program usually involves:
- Apprenticeship registration with a
local provincial apprenticeship authority.
- Securing a job with a company willing
to train and supervise apprentices.
- Successfully complete required number
of months of on-the-job training.
- Successfully complete in-school
technical training program at a designated college or trade
- Apprentices complete program
requirements and pass required industry exams.
- When all steps are complete,
apprentices can apply for a Certificate of Qualification* and
achieve journeyperson status.
More than 200 different trades offer apprenticeship training
programs in Canada. If you're interested in the
professional trades, such as Crane
Electricians and Machinists, an
apprenticeship program might be for you. All trades offer training
with the latest technologies, and will give you the skills that you
need for a rewarding career in the oil and gas industry.
Red Seal Program
The Interprovincial Standard Red Seal Program
standardizes trades training and certification across the
provinces. These industry-driven partnerships with provincial
governments are designed to meet the evolving requirements of each
designated trade or occupation and maintain high industry
standards. This means that a Red Seal certified worker can work
anywhere in Canada that their trade is designated, and their
certification will transfer.
Some trades may be eligible for an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant. The
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant
offered by the Government of Canada, available to registered
apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or
second year (level) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red
Employment Insurance funding support for
apprentices is also available, while they are completing the
academic portion of the program. Tax credits are also offered to apprentices for
their tools, equipment and supplies. Employers might also offer
reimbursement for tuition, tools and supplies.
For more information about apprentice trades,
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