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The 15th Annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction

The 15th annual Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction will take place virtually on Thursday, January 27, 2021. This awards ceremony celebrates those that have shared their time and talent to train apprentices, and to raise the profile of apprenticeship and certification in the skilled trades in Manitoba. Visit our Events page for more information and to nominate a deserving employer, journeyperson and/or instructor for an award.

 
NEW: COVID-19 Vaccination Update for Apprentices Attending Technical Training

How does my training institution’s vaccination policy affect me as an apprentice?
To help with Manitoba’s fight against COVID-19, post-secondary institutions including Red River College, Assiniboine Community College, and University College of the North have prescribed mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff and students, beginning in the fall term for 2021. This includes apprentices who are attending technical training.

 

If I have questions on my training institution’s vaccination policy, whom can I contact?
Apprentices who have specific questions on their training institution’s vaccination policy should contact their institution directly. All apprentices are responsible for adhering to the vaccination policy of their training institution.

If apprentices have specific questions or concerns on how their training institution’s vaccination policy affects their participation in training, please contact your Apprenticeship Training Coordinator (ATC) to discuss.

 

Where can I get information on my college’s vaccination policy?
Each college has developed their own vaccination policy. Links to the policies can be found here:

Assiniboine Community College:
Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination Policy at Assiniboine | Assiniboine College

Red River College:
Update: Vaccination requirements on Campus this Fall : Red River College: Coronavirus Information (rrc.ca)

University College of the North:
Sharing Space Safely (ucncovid.ca)

 

Will I need to show proof of vaccination before I enter my training institution?
Each college has developed their own vaccination policy. Students, faculty and apprentices should review the college’s vaccination policy before they register and enroll in their training. Unless otherwise directed by your training institution, you should bring proof of vaccination each day you attend training in order to access the campuses. It is each apprentice’s responsibility to ensure they comply with the vaccination policy of their training institution.

 
In-person Services for Apprenticeship Manitoba are NOT Available at This Time.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Apprenticeship Manitoba has suspended in-person services.

We are pleased to provide you with support by:

 

Phone: 204-945-3337 (in Winnipeg) or 1-877-978-7233 (toll free) or
Email: apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca

 

Please continue to use online functionality through the AccessManitoba website: https://web22.gov.mb.ca/Sso/Account/LogOn.

Apprentices are encouraged to contact Service Canada regarding Employment Insurance coverage to advise of changes in the timing and potential length of technical training as a result of proactive measures to respond to COVID-19.

Please contact your respective Apprenticeship Training Coordinator (ATC) for more information.

For accurate, up-to-date and fact-based information on COVID-19, please visit manitoba.ca/covid19.


The Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities Act (Public Works Contracts)

On May 20, 2021, the Manitoba government repealed The Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities Act (Public Works Contracts). In order to bid on a public works contract, contractors no longer need to demonstrate involvement with the apprenticeship system. This legislative change will significantly reduce red tape for contractors who bid on government contracts.

If you have any questions about the change, please contact Apprenticeship Manitoba by phone at (204) 945-3337 or 1-877-978-7233, or by email at apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca.


2020 Highest Achievement Awards

The Highest Achievement Awards is a formal awards ceremony that is held each year to honour the most outstanding new journeypersons, and recognize employers and leaders in Manitoba’s skilled trades.

This year’s 29th Annual Highest Achievement Awards in-person event was cancelled in accordance with public health guidelines for COVID-19. In lieu of an in-person event, the names and photos of the 2020 Highest Achievement Award winners have been posted on our Events page.

Additionally, the Minister of Economic Development and Jobs, the Executive Director of Apprenticeship Manitoba, and the Chair of the Apprenticeship and Certification Board have provided Congratulatory Remarks. Congratulations to all the award winners on their outstanding achievements!


Trade Regulation Updates

Bill 61: The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act

On June 14, 2021, Bill 61: The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act was proclaimed and officially came into force. The Bill signals important changes to the apprenticeship and certification system governance model in Manitoba. Through Bill 61, the following changes were approved:

  • The size of the Apprenticeship and Certification Board will be reduced from 15 to 12 members.
  • The Apprenticeship and Certification Board’s strategic plan will be reduced from annually to once every five years.
  • The four standing committees will be replaced with sector based committees that will be advised by industry working groups.
  • The Provincial Advisory Committees (PACs) for each trade will be replaced with industry working groups (IWGs) that can be established on an as needed basis.
  • The voluntary trade regulations will be replaced with Board by-laws setting out training and program standards to allow program standards to meet industry needs and align with interprovincial standards more quickly.
  • Language around designated occupations was modified to bring greater clarity to that process.

These changes will enable the branch and the Board to modernize the apprenticeship system to meet industry needs. In addition, they will give industry more opportunity to participate and be engaged in the governance of the apprenticeship system through the sector-based committees and industry working groups. The Apprenticeship and Certification Board is currently working through an action plan to implement these changes over the next 2 years.


2021-22 Technical Training Registration Information

Apprenticeship Manitoba, in collaboration with the colleges, has finalized a technical training schedule for new classes being held between April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022. Because of this, we have made an adjustment to the previous technical training registration timeline normally held in June/July, to open earlier this year, February 2021. This change is needed in order for apprentices to be able to register into classes opening in April but also, for the remainder of the 21-22 Course Schedule.

Apprenticeship Manitoba is working to provide the best client service despite some disruption in service delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apprenticeship Manitoba will only register clients online and over the phone at this time. Additionally, to overcome registration capacity concerns and ensure more timely access, the registration process will be modified so that registrations occur on a trade-by-trade basis. A trade registration schedule is posted below.

Be certain of the college and dates of training and always confirm technical training dates with your employer prior to making a registration payment. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Clients progressing through their apprenticeship and registering for their next level of training are encouraged to apply online. To register for your next level of training, go to www.accessmanitoba.ca.

If you have not created your login and password, activated your account, or have forgotten your password, please go to www.accessmanitoba.ca to begin the process, do not wait until registration week. The Help Desk is available now and during registration week – contact them by phone at 204-945-3337 or toll-free at 1-877-978-7233 or by direct email at the www.accessmanitoba.ca site, if you: have issues logging in, need to activate your account or have forgotten your password.

If you are repeating a level or have High School (HSAP) Incentive Credits please call 204-945-4016 or 1-888-945-4016. (Note: clients with HSAP Credits who choose to go online to pay their personal contribution fee will not be refunded).

Employers who wish to pay for technical training on behalf of their apprentice(s) may call 204-945-4016 or 1-888-945-4016 (separate payment is required for each apprentice). Please ensure you have confirmed with your apprentice(s) of the training dates prior to making a registration payment. Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The 2021-22 Course Schedule can be viewed here.

Apprentice Personal Contribution Fees to register for training:

Apprentice Personal Contribution Fees for Technical Training The Province pays the remaining tuition for each apprentice, which is an average of $4,200 per technical training course
4-8 Week Course $464.00
9 Week Course $522.00
10 Week Course $580.00
11 Week Course $638.00
12 Week Course $696.00

 

Training Delivery

Training delivery continues to be a combination of online and in-person delivery for most trades. Some trades will have more online content delivered than others based on what is needed in each trade, and may vary by level of instruction being taught. This format may also be impacted by the capabilities of each training provider to provide services based upon their specific needs and abilities, as well as the current health restrictions that may be in place at any given time. Access to the appropriate electronic devices to ensure the best experiences with online delivery and content should be considered by each client. This typically includes a desktop, laptop or tablet and a reliable internet/Wi-Fi connection.

Apprenticeship Manitoba staff are working with training providers to provide options for training progression during an unprecedented time due to COVID-19 and will continue to accommodate as the situation progresses. Training will look a little different now than it did in the past. A hybrid instructional approach may be a reality for the foreseeable future, and may continue into the 2021-22 technical training schedule. Apprenticeship Manitoba will respond to the evolving situation in the best way possible. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Gasfitter and Gasfitter – Domestic Certification and Licencing

For individuals who have questions related to Red Seal certification and provincial licencing in the Gasfitter trades, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).