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Government of Canada supports apprentices in Saskatchewan


February 22, 2010
By Anthony Capkun

More than 630 Saskatchewan apprentices have taken advantage of the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Completion Grant, while another 5800 are receiving the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant.

“Financial support for apprentices certainly helps them make ends meet,
but it also provides a much-valued endorsement of their post-secondary
education path and career decisions,” said Dr. Robert G. McCulloch,
president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and
Technology (SIAST). “In addition to offering 159 certificate, diploma
and degree programs, SIAST provides technical training to apprentices in
26 trades.”

Under Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Apprenticeship Completion Grant
is a $2000 grant for apprentices who have completed their training in a
designated Red Seal trade and have received their journeyperson
certification. The feds also offer the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant,
which is a grant of $1000 per year for registered apprentices who have
successfully completed their first or second year/level of an
apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. The maximum amount an
individual can receive is $2000.

By combining the two apprenticeship grants, apprentices who complete
their training and become certified journeypersons in a designated Red
Seal trade could receive a total of $4000.

VISIT Service Canada to learn more about applying for apprenticeship
grants.