Manage Your Apprenticeship

Supports and Services

There are many supports and services available to apprentices and trades qualifiers.  Get to know them so that you are able to be successful at completing your apprenticeship.


Essential Skills

Developing the practical skills, knowledge and experience to succeed in a career in the trades is important, but you must also have basic skills for effective learning during your apprenticeship technical training. These “essential” skills – in key areas, such as reading, math, inter-personal communication and computers – help ensure your success as a student, an apprentice and ultimately as a journeyperson. If you have been out-of school for some time or you feel your learning skills are a bit rusty, essential skills may be for you.


Special Accommodations

We do respond to requests for special accommodations for examinations. If you have a disability or a language barrier, do not hesitate to let us know. For example, if English is not your first language, you may obtain permission to use a translator, a reader or language dictionary. You may also request more time to write the examination. Documentation from a qualified professional is required (i.e. medical doctor, educational psychologist, International Centre representative etc.). Contact us for an application at least one month prior to examination.


Financial Supports

Employment Insurance (EI)

Apply anywhere you can access the Internet,
including your local Service Canada Centre.

For locations and business hours, visit
or call 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY (1-800-926-9105)

Follow these steps to find the online Employment Insurance Benefits application form:

  1. Go to:
  2. Select: English
  3. Select: Benefits (Menu)
  4. Select: Apply for Employment Insurance (most requested)

For questions or technical issues, call 1-800-206-7218.


Provincial Assistance

There is also funding offered to cover expenses such as living allowances and childcare. On the first day of technical/in-school training, you will be asked to submit your application for further funding assistance as noted below.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be able to establish an Employment Insurance Claim or
  • Have had a benefit period end within the past 36 months or
  • Have had a claim established for maternity or paternal benefits within the past 60 months

Learn more at a Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre


Funding Assistance for First Nations Bands of Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF)

If you belong to a First Nations Band they may help cover the costs of travel, tuition, books, emergencies or living-away-from-home-allowance.

The Manitoba Métis Federation may also help with costs. To be eligible for financial help, you must be Métis, non-status, or Inuit and have lived in your region for six months.

Contacts for Regional Area Management Board:

Interlake: 204-646-2706 Southeast: 204-754-2721
Northwest: 204-638-9485 Southwest: 204-725-7520
The Pas: 204-623-5701 Winnipeg: 204-947-9287
Thompson: 204-677-1430

When you receive your Confirmation of Registration Letter in the mail from Apprenticeship Manitoba consult your Band or Manitoba Métis Federation Regional office and ask them to write a letter addressed to you identifying what they will pay for. Bring this letter to your first day of class and forward a copy to the Director of Operations at a Manitoba Jobs and Skills Development Centre.