Manage Your Apprenticeship

6 Steps to Success

Step 1

Read the Trade Profile for your training program

The trade profile gives you a description of the type of work you will do and lists the requirements for your trade. Pay attention to the details like:

  • How many levels of technical training you will need to take
  • The number of hours you will need to work
  • Information about your final certification exam and how you can prepare throughout your apprenticeship
  • Other requirements for your trade
It’s important that you review your trade profile carefully. Talk about it with your employer so that you both understand the requirements. If anything seems unclear, ask your employer, or contact us

Step 2

Know your responsibilities as an apprentice

Every apprentice has the same responsibilities regardless of trade. These responsibilities are legislated and so that means that you need to legally follow these responsibilities in order to move forward in your apprenticeship. Know your responsibilities.

  • Pay tuition and other required fees.
  • Use financial assistance received from government sources to pay only for education and living costs directly related to apprenticeship training and return any amount not used for these purposes.
  • Complete hours of practical training, technical training and examinations according to The Apprenticeship and Certification Act, and the Apprenticeship and Certification – General Regulation.
  • Abide by the Apprenticeship Code of Conduct found in the Apprenticeship Technical Training Registration Guide.
  • Notify the Executive Director, in writing, within 15 days if there are name or address changes or you are no longer an employee

Step 3

Understand your relationship with your journeyperson and/or employer

Every registered apprentice has both an employer and a journeyperson.

The employer is the person or company who hires you, and pays you for your work.

The journeyperson is the individual, company or organization who is registered with Apprenticeship Manitoba, who commits to helping you get opportunities to learn on the job, and reports on your progress.

In most cases, the employer and journeyperson are the same person or organization. Sometimes, however, they can be different: for example if a union sponsors you and sends you out to different job sites for work experience. In that case, the union is your journeyperson, and the employer is the person you are working for.

Building a good working relationship with them is important to make sure the investment in you benefits everyone.

Step 4

Register for School

Sign up for technical training with Apprenticeship Manitoba. You may find a school in your community, or you may have to travel or relocate for a few weeks each year to complete in-school training.

It’s also a good idea to talk to your journeyperson about the best time to be in school. You will want to confirm, for example, the busiest times for your industry. Chances are, your employer will want you on the job when it is busy at work and find time for you to be away at school when business is quieter. You want to go to school about once every year so you can get a balance of in-school theory and on- the-job practical experience. Review the class schedule with your employer and choose a time that works for both of you.

Step 5

Track and report your hours

Track your hours and work with your journeyperson to report them to Apprenticeship Manitoba every 6 - 12 months. Check with your Apprenticeship Training Coordinator often to make sure your hours are reported regularly.

Step 6

Pass your final examination with 70%

Your final certification exam is usually scheduled at the end of training during your final level of technical training. You will be tested on the learning of your entire apprenticeship. Your instructor will spend some time on exam preparation, including a review of the theory from all levels of technical training. Take advantage of this review and plan on spending time on your own to prepare.

 

This is your Apprenticeship.  Take charge of it.