Apprenticeship, training, and certification
What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a unique post-secondary training opportunity to earn while you learn. It is a combination of 20 percent in-school training and 80 percent on-the-job work experience under the supervision of a journeyperson.
It is a partnership between industry, educational institutions, and government. PEI has 58 designated trades.
For more information, contact Apprenticeship Training Officer Kenneth MacDougall, 902-888-8034.
According to the Education and Lifelong Learning provincial government website, many trades on PEI are designated, allowing workers to become certified in that trade through apprenticeship training and/or certification.
If the designated trade is certified compulsory, you are required to be a registered apprentice or have a Certificate of Qualification to legally work in that trade in PEI.
The following PEI trades are certified compulsory:
- Automotive Service Technician;
- Construction Electrician;
- Plumber; and
- Steamfitter / Pipefitter
For more information about the Designated Trades on PEI, click here.
Help to prepare for apprenticeship and Red Seal exams - Workplace Learning
“Job demands are increasing,” says Lori Johnston, Executive Director of Workplace Learning PEI. “The question is, do staff have the foundational skills to keep up with these demands?“Essential skills such as reading, writing, math, and computer literacy are very important for apprentices on the job, during training, and when preparing for block release exams or certification exams.
“Just like a foundation of a house, other skills can be built on top of strong essential skills.”
Workplace Learning PEI helps people improve their essential skills. “People who are having difficulty writing their block release or Red Seal exams may be referred to us by the provincial Apprenticeship Training program.
“People may have all the technical trade skills but have trouble with the exams for various reasons.
“We help them work on those areas so they can succeed with the exams and carry forward to further success in their careers.
“We do an assessment with the tradesperson to look at their skills to see where they are having difficulty. We help to narrow down and pin-point what help is needed. They may need to learn how to deal with multiple choice exams. Or the difficulty may be specific to the trade.
“We also provide support. We have on-line system which the tradesperson can use to practice and be coached by a staff member.”
Resources for employers working with an apprentice
A number of essential skills tools are available for employers. “A tip sheet about using essential skills on the job is available for each trade,” says Lori.
“This is good information for the employer, employee, and the journeyperson working with the apprentice.”
For more information, call 368-6498. Visit www.workplacelearningpei.com.
Skills Canada PEI
The provincial skills competitions, held in February, March, and April, raises awareness of the tremendous careers in trades and technology.
There are 40 competitions in 31 categories, and are open to Island high school, post-secondary students and apprentices.
“The competition gives companies, industries, and other professionals a chance to meet and recruit skilled people who have demonstrated that they are at the top of their game,” says Tawna MacLeod, Executive Director of Skills Canada PEI. “Many teachers and post-secondary learning managers get calls from employers who ask about the students who were in the competitions.”
For more information, call 902-566-9352. Visit www.skillscanada.pe.ca.
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|For more information about Apprenticeship on PEI, click here or call:
Charlottetown Apprenticeship Office: 902-368-4460
Summerside Apprenticeship Office: 902-888-8034
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