Apprenticeship START Program

Effective Monday, October 20, 2014, the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency will be managing all new Apprenticeship START applications and agreements.

Please pick one of the following 3 options:

Apprenticeship START Program Objective

The objective of the Apprenticeship START program is to encourage employers to register and employ apprentices. Employers who wish to apply for funding under this stream of START should complete the following steps:

  • Engage with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency to register a new apprentice
  • Complete the LaMPSS registration process
  • Once employers have received a user code and password, they are able to access LaMPSS to apply for funding, and should select Apprentice START from the list of available programs in LaMPSS.

Employers who wish to hire a non-apprentice should:

  • Register for LaMPSS
  • Complete the LaMPSS registration process
  • Once employers have received a user code and password, they are able to access LaMPSS to apply for funding and should select START from the available list of programs in LaMPSS

Eligibility

Apprentices

  • You are a newly-registered apprentice who is from a recognized under-represented group including women (in non-traditional trades), African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal Nova Scotians, immigrants or persons with disabilities; OR
  • You are a newly-registered apprentice working for an employer located in a rural area.

Organizations/Employers

  • START is available to all businesses, organizations (not-for-profit and social enterprises) that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. The START program has a focus on small to medium-sized enterprises.
  • Companies with headquarters outside of Nova Scotia are eligible to apply only if they also have a physical location in Nova Scotia.

How to Apply

Organizations/Employers

  • Organization applications can be submitted online using the LaMPSS system and will be reviewed by Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency staff. Application assistance will be provided to employers by Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency when required.
  • For assistance with registering in the LaMPSS system, please call LaMPSS toll free: 1-877-404-7074.

What else do I need to know?

  •  Incentives can be used to pay for individuals' wages, MERC, training costs or other costs associated with employing an apprentice.
  •  START is fully-subscribed for 2015-16. Please check back for updates.