There are several paths you can take to your career, many of which involve education or training. Each type of training has different strengths and appeals to different interests and abilities.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job experience with technical classroom training.
After completing both the classroom and the on-the-job training, apprentices can receive journeyperson certification or a certificate of qualification, allowing better employment prospects and increased opportunities for mobility across Canada.
How Long is an Apprenticeship Program?
Depending on the trade, it takes about 2 to 5 years as an apprentice to become a certified journeyperson. About 85% of the training is in the workplace; the rest is at a training institution.
Become a Journeyperson
Step One: Decide On Your Skilled Trade
Decide what skilled trade is best for you. Many young people have experienced the skilled trades through high school classes or the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) program. The website lists Designated Trades descriptions.
There are two ways to enter a trade:
1. Find an employer and register as an apprentice
2. Apply to a pre-employment program offered at many Saskatchewan colleges.
Step Two: Connect with Employers
Try SaskCareers Connect with Employers as a starting point. Contact an employer you’d like to work for. Ask them if they would consider hiring and training you as an apprentice, and sign a contract of apprenticeship. This contract sets you up with the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) as an apprentice. You and your employer begin tracking the number of hours you work on the job and advise the SATCC.
There are many opportunities in Saskatchewan right now in the skilled trades, so employers are looking for workers.
Step Three: Technical Training
Once you have the work hours requirement in each level of apprenticeship, you will need to go for technical training. The SATCC will arrange this for you.
Technical training involves approximately six to eight weeks when you learn theory, usually in a technical institute, to reinforce the knowledge and skills taught in the workplace.
Step Four: Write your Journeyperson Exam
Once you complete all the required work hours and technical training for the trade, you can write the journeyperson exam. When you pass your journeyperson exam in a Red Seal trade, you receive your Red Seal Interprovincial certification. This allows you to work in your trade anywhere across Canada. The key to remember is that your certification is a starting point to a career full of opportunities—from manager to instructor to entrepreneur.
Check out the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, on Facebook (Sask Apprentice) or follow them on Twitter @SKApprentice.
You can also call toll free at 1-877-363-0536 or contact them at one of the following locations:
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
2140 Hamilton St., Regina, SK S4P 2E3
Phone: 306-787-2444 • Fax: 306-787-5105 • Toll Free: 1-877-363-0536
La Ronge: 306-425-4385
Moose Jaw: 306-694-3717
North Battleford: 306-446-7409
Prince Albert: 306-953-3256
Swift Current: 306-778-8945