Workforce Development
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)

As an apprentice, you may be eligible to receive employment income support from Service Canada while attending apprenticeship technical/in-school training. Learn more at Service Canada - Employment Insurance Benefits.

To collect EI, you must have worked sufficient hours to qualify and paid into an EI account Instructions to apply for EI Benefits;

  • Complete the EI application on or after your last day of work using the on-line application found at Service Canada - Employment Insurance Benefits
  • Once you have entered the site, click on 'On-line forms and services' and then 'Apply for employment insurance and benefits'
  • To access, you will be asked to enter the Service Canada 16-digit reference code provided to you on the first day of class. If you have misplaced this number, contact Service Canada.
  • Once the application is complete and the application is successful, Service Canada will provide you with a confirmation number
  • You will also be required to supply a Record of Employment for all employment training during the past 52 weeks or since your last claim.

For more information and to receive an application contact Service Canada or 1-800-206-7218.

* If you work for a relative, Revenue Canada makes the decision as to whether your employment is insurable. This process can delay benefits for a number of weeks while a ruling is being made.

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.