Apply to a Yukon apprenticeship program

  • What’s an apprenticeship?
  • How do you get started in an apprenticeship?
  • How to apply to the apprenticeship program
  • After your apprenticeship is approved
  • Support during your apprenticeship

  1. What’s an apprenticeship?
    • In apprenticeship, you learn skills while you earn money.
    • About 80% of the training takes place on the job.
    • At work, you learn the skills of the trade with the help of a qualified tradesperson.
    • The rest of the training takes place at a college or other technical institute.
    • In-class training ranges from 8 to 12 weeks per year.
    • When you finish your apprenticeship, you become a certified journeyperson.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for apprentice training you must:

    • be at least 16 years old;
    • have a Yukon employer with a certified journeyperson who has agreed to sponsor your apprenticeship in the trade you choose; and
    • be a Yukon resident:
      • file as a Yukon citizen with Canada Revenue Agency.

    Cost to register as an apprentice

    To apply to become an apprentice, there is a $10 non-refundable application fee.

    Time to complete an apprenticeship

    The timing for an apprenticeship depends on:

    • the requirements of the trade you study ‒ each trade has a different set of required hours for each level;
    • the amount of experience you already have in that trade when you start:
      • it will take 2 to 4 years to finish your on-the-job and classroom training;
      • this may be shorter if you already have job experience when you begin your apprenticeship; and
      • completing a pre-apprenticeship program can shorten your apprenticeship.

    What is a pre-apprenticeship program?

    A pre-apprenticeship program is several months of college training that:

    • gives you a strong theoretical and hands-on background in a particular trade;
    • can help you choose a trade; and
    • can help you get employment for your apprenticeship.

    Upon successful completion, you may have the opportunity to write your Level 1 exam.

    You have to pay for your pre-apprenticeship program. Student funding may be available through:

    What are my wages while working as an apprenticeship?

    Apprentices earn from 60% to 95% of a newly certified journeyperson wage, as set by the employer. The regulations determine the rate of increase as a percentage for each year of the apprenticeship. The wage rates are different in each trade.

    The wage goes up as you move from 1 level of training to the next.

    The provinces and territories regulate wage rates for apprentices. The rates in the province or territory where the work is being done are the rates that apply.


  2. How do you get started in an apprenticeship?

    To start an apprenticeship program, you have to have a job with an employer who is willing to:

    • sign off on your hours;
    • have a certified journeyperson on staff to train you in your trade;
    • pay you the scheduled wage during your apprenticeship;
    • let you go to school full time for the in-school training period required every year; and
    • let you come back to your job over the 2- to 4-year period until you're a certified journeyperson.

    If you’re interested in apprenticeship training but don’t have a job, contact the apprenticeship office:

    What if you already work in a trade?

    We encourage you to contact our office as soon as you start working in a designated trade in Yukon. The hours you work may count toward your required hours for certification. This simple step can save you time and give you wage increases. You must be a registered apprentice to guarantee that your work experience hours will count.

    You can start your formal apprenticeship program at any point if you've been working in a trade:

    • that's recognized (designated) in Yukon; and
    • working with a certified journeyperson.

    You may be able to challenge the apprenticeship level 1 exam in your trade. This depends on:

    • your previous experience and training; and
    • the requirements of the occupation.

    If you already have 6 or more years of on-the-job experience

    You may be able to challenge the certification exams depending on:

    • your previous experience and training; and
    • the requirements of the occupation.

    Find out more about challenging the certification.

    Where can you get apprenticeship training?

    You have to be a registered Yukon apprentice to attend in-school training. Registration and scheduling for all training are done through our office.

    Train:

    • at Yukon University;
    • in Alberta, we have an apprenticeship training agreement with them; or
    • in other provinces (in-school) but your employer and residency must be Yukon-based.

  3. How to apply to the apprenticeship program
    1. Fill out the Apprenticeship Application/Agreement form.
    2. Have your employer complete the employer section of your form.
      • We may consider previous work experience to go toward your apprenticeship requirements.
        • 299 hours or fewer goes right on your application form. Your current employer must approve your hours.
        • If you have 300 hours or more, fill out a Trade Experience Verification form for each employer. Contact the office to receive the correct form for your trade. Email apprenticeship@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-456-3867, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3867.
    3. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $10. We accept cash, cheque, debit or visa. We’ll process your payment at the front desk at the Department of Education building.
    4. Submit your application.
      In person: Education Building (entrance to parking on Hospital Road), 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      Email: apprenticeship@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Apprenticeship (E-1)
      Box 2703,
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    When will you find out about your apprenticeship application?

    We’ll contact you within 2 weeks for more information if your application:

    • is incomplete; or
    • you do not meet the requirements.

    It takes 4 to 6 weeks to process a complete and approved application.

    We’ll mail you a formal agreement and Record Book used for tracking work and in-school training hours. We’ll also mail a copy of the agreement and a copy of the schedule of training from your Record Book to your employer.

    Your apprenticeship can start as soon as you're approved. You can count any hours you work for your employer toward your apprenticeship.


  4. After your apprenticeship is approved
    1. Fill out an apprenticeship enrolment form for in-school training.
      • We’ll give you options for in-school training.
      • Your employer must complete and approve their part of the form.
    2. Submit your completed form.
      In person: Education Building (entrance to parking on Hospital Road), 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Email: apprenticeship@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Apprenticeship (E-1)
      Box 2703,
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    Our office will review and complete the in-school registration process for you.

    • You’ll be registered in the school appropriate for your training with the options you provided. We’ll make every effort to accommodate your 1st option.
    • You’ll receive a Training Kit from our office 6 weeks before class starts with information about:
      • funding for in-school training;
      • what to expect; and
      • where to go.

  5. Support during your apprenticeship

    The Department of Education is here to help you get through your apprenticeship. These supports and more are available to any apprentices that need:

    • a psycho-educational assessment;
    • tutoring or learning assistance;
    • technology; and
    • support for learning disabilities.

Contact 

For questions or to book an apprenticeship orientation meeting, email apprenticeship@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-456-3867 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 3867.