Training For A Career In Trade In Alberta

By on November 3, 2014

Are you looking for a career in trade and not sure where to start from? Practically, getting trained for your job will be the first step towards excelling in the field.

1. Who can learn a trade

Trade can either be your career or a medium for you to earn while you learn. Anyone who satisfies the eligibility can learn a trade. The criteria being-

a) You need to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,

b) You must be employed by an employer who is eligible to participate in the apprenticeship program. If you suit these, you are just few steps away from your goal of being in the trade field.

Apprentices must also meet the minimum Alberta or equivalent High School education requirements for their trade. If not, you can still apply for an entrance exam for the trade of your choice. You will be expected to meet your education requirements during the first year of Apprentices.

The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an option for registered high school students to become apprentices and earn credits toward their high school diploma at the same time. There are annual awards of $1,000 for high school students that give them an opportunity to continue their apprenticeship technical training programs.

2. Who can learn an occupation

Learning an occupation gives you an opportunity to get your skills recognized and prove your competencies.

Designated occupations have a formal training provided by industries. To work in a designated occupation, you do not require to be certified or be a registered trainee. A person who is working in – and learning – the occupation does not require to take prescribed training. Working in an occupation is more like a course with experience, in the end of which an Occupational Certificate (a document issued by Apprenticeship and Industry Training) is issued to every trainee. It proves that they have the skills, competencies and standards of performance recognized by industry regulations. The eligibility criteria for different fields of Trade and Occupation vary on the basis of its requirements.

3.Trades in Alberta

The Alberta government was a proud supporter of a recent Edmonton Journal series that examined the importance of careers in the skilled trades. The Trades Alberta series looked at the benefits of working in trades professions, and highlighted initiatives to help young people and groups under-represented in the trades, including Aboriginal people and women, get started on rewarding careers. It continues to be available online.

Government of Alberta partners includes:

1. Aboriginal Relations: It promotes social and economic opportunities to enhance the quality of life of Aboriginal people in Alberta.

2. Education: It supports the needs of students, parents, teachers and administrators from Early Childhood Services through Grade 12.

3. Innovation and Advanced Education: It is responsible for the administration of Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training system. This industry-driven system produces highly skilled, certified tradesperson who can compete with the world’s best.

4. Human Services: It helps people to live their lives with dignity and respect and to help themselves be successful. This includes creating the conditions for safe and supportive homes, communities and workplaces so Albertans have opportunities to realize their full potential.

As an apprentice, you accumulate hours on the job and advance through technical training until you have mastered in your trade field. When you have completed your apprenticeship training requirements, you can become an Alberta-certified journeyperson.

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