Step 1: Assess the needs of your business
To begin, clearly define what role an apprentice could play within your business and what skills you are looking for in a new employee. It is also important to identify a journeyperson who is capable of training new staff to your standards and business requirements.
Step 2: Find an apprentice
If you hire a potential apprentice in one of the compulsory certified trades, you must contact the apprenticeship office nearest you to obtain a temporary permit. This permit allows the potential apprentice to work for a probationary period or until a formal apprenticeship registration process takes place.
Step 3: Contact the Apprenticeship Training division
Contact the division to arrange a meeting with a Training Officer.
Step 4: Meet with the Training Officer
The Training Officer will meet with you and your potential apprentice to discuss the apprenticeship program in detail. In order to register an apprentice, your workplace must accommodate a ratio of at least one supervising journeyperson per apprentice.
Step 5: Sign the apprenticeship agreement
This agreement outlines the responsibilities of both you and the apprentice.
Step 6: Accommodate practical skills and technical training
Provide the apprentice with the opportunity to learn the practical skills of the trade and allow them to attend applicable technical training. **Apprentices have the opportunity to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits when they begin technical training. To facilitate this, employers can now complete and submit apprentices' Records of Employment (ROEs) online. For details, please visit Service Canada's ROE website.