Information for Employers

Hiring Apprentices

pdf icon Employer Guide

Why is apprenticeship training important? For hundreds of years, valuable trade skills and knowledge have been passed down from one generation to the next through apprenticeships.

When you hire an apprentice, you’re investing in the future of your business and our economy. Everyone in the apprenticeship training system has a role to play in making the experience and investment a success.

Most apprenticeships take from two to four years to complete, with 80% of the apprentice’s time spent training on the job, and 20% on classroom technical training. As an employer hiring an apprentice, you are responsible for:

    • Hiring and training the apprentice
    • Registering with Apprenticeship Manitoba
    • Tracking and reporting progress
    • Allowing the apprentice to be absent during their technical training
    • Evaluating and recommending the apprentice for certification

Either you, or another experienced tradesperson, can be the person that is training the apprentice. The journeyperson is the person that commits to training the apprentice on the job. This person must be a certified journeyperson, or be registered as a designated trainer.


Ratio Adjustment

The apprentice to journeyperson ratio is 2:1, as stipulated in the Apprenticeship and Certification - General Regulation, unless otherwise specified through regulation for a specific trade.

Ratio adjustments allow the apprenticeship system to be responsive to the needs of employers and apprentices (particularly due to the shortage of journeypersons in rural and Northern Manitoba) while ensuring quality of training.

Individual employers, on a case by case basis, have the opportunity to apply for and obtain a ratio adjustment, subject to the discretion and approval of the Executive Director of Apprenticeship Manitoba.

pdf icon Ratio Adjustment Application for Hiring Additional Apprentices

pdf icon Amendment to Ratio Adjustment Application for Hiring Additional Apprentices