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Becoming an Apprentice

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education that combines paid work-based training (about 85 per cent of the hours) with technical training in a classroom or shop setting. To earn a certificate or ticket and become a certified tradesperson, you must write examinations after finishing both types of training. The length of an apprenticeship ranges from one to five years, but most programs take four.

Becoming an Apprentice


The following links will provide you with more information:
Industry Training Authority (ITA)

Industry Training Authority (ITA) manages B.C.'s system of industry training and apprenticeship. If the ITA has approved the classroom part of your apprenticeship program, you can apply for temporary financial support while training. Part I and Part II of the Employment Insurance (EI) Act define the terms of this support.

A case managed apprentice is an unemployed EI client, whose employment needs have been assessed and has been determined as needing and suitable for Apprentice Training by a Case Manager.
To see if you qualify for Program Financial Supports please come in to our office and speak with a resource worker.

How to apply for apprentice financial support for registered apprentices who are employed:
  1. Apply for a BCEID
    Go to www.bceid.ca
    • Begin Registration
    • Register for Basic BCEID
  2. Apprentice Online Portal
    • Go to http://apply.workbc.ca/intake/locationpicker.aspx?type=APR
      Complete this step at least one month before school starts 
  3. Completing the Apprentice Online Portal
    • Once you have completed the apprentice online portal you
      will immediately be issued an automated pre-approval notice.
  4. Log back on to the AOP
    • Click the view button to see the reference code.
  5. Go to www.servicecanada.gc.ca and apply for EI benefits utilizing the reference code

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