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Facts About Tuition PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:26

Apprenticeship Facts About Tuition Fees

Apprenticeship remains a successful and cost-effective post-secondary opportunity for young people.

  • Apprentices earn while they learn in the workplace and the technical training requires only brief absences from the workplace.  Progressing through the program and achieving certification immediately affects apprentices’ income.
  • The program is industry driven to meet labour market demands.
  • Saskatchewan’s apprenticeship program has a higher success rate than the national average. For example, in 2010, Saskatchewan apprentices’ success rate on Red Seal interprovincial examinations was 79%, compared to an average of 71% for the rest of the country.

The tuition fee increase will help to meet the growing demand for training.

  • The number of apprentices taking technical training has increased 79% over the last 5 years – from 3,296 in 2006-2007 to a budgeted 5,900 for 2011-2012.

The cost of apprenticeship training is fair and reasonable.

  • While fees have not increased since 2004-2005, inflation has driven up the cost of training by 25% in the last 8 years which was not passed on to the apprentice. With this tuition increase, the apprentice will now pay about 20% of the cost to attend technical training, while provincial grants will pay the remaining 80%.
  • The provincial government has increased the public’s funding of the apprenticeship system by 58% ($7.2M) in the last 5 years.
  • Saskatchewan apprenticeship fees will remain competitive among the western provinces and lower than British Columbia and Alberta.
  • The increase in revenue will be spent entirely on training programs for apprentices.

Many grants and financial supports are available to apprentices. These include:

  • Employment Insurance while attending training.
  • Provincial training living away from home allowance of $125/week while attending technical training.
  • Federal Apprenticeship Incentive Grants in Red Seal trades of $1,000 for successful completion of Level 1 training, $1,000 for successful completion of Level 2 training, and a $2,000 Completion Grant for achieving journeyperson certification; approximately 95% of Saskatchewan’s apprentices are registered in Red Seal trades.
  • Federal Tradesperson's Tools Deduction of up to $500 annually to help cover the cost of new tools.
  • The Saskatchewan Employees' Tool Tax Credit recognizes the costs associated with purchasing, replacing and upgrading eligible tools by qualifying employees as a condition of their employment.
  • The Graduate Retention Program rebate for tuition fees paid by eligible graduates who live in Saskatchewan and who file a Saskatchewan income tax return.
  • The new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship of up to $500 for each high school student who graduated after January 1, 2012 and entered a post-secondary program of studies after April 1, 2012. This scholarship is available in each of 4 years of study completed within the next 10 years.

Details about these programs are posted under “Support Programs” on www.saskapprenticeship.ca .

Canadian Apprenticeship Conference PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:10


Program Highlights

Join us in Regina, Saskatchewan, from June 3 - 5, for the CAF-FCA Conference. Here's a sneak preview of the panels and discussions you won't want to miss.

Theme Panel: Diversity, Innovation, Engagement
Apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country help define how the principles of diversity, innovation and engagement are applied to achieve apprenticeship success. Hear from the Ontario College of Trades, the BC Institute of Technology and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies – and add your perspective to this discussion.

The Competition for Talent
Skilled trades employers say they are already facing difficulties when it comes to filling vacancies. Learn about the competitive strategies being employed by mining, construction, energy and shipbuilding businesses to attract and retain skilled trades workers.

Challenges and Accomplishments: My Journey to the Trades
With women still under-represented in non-traditional trades, the importance of role models can't be overlooked. Hear a panel of female apprentices discuss the obstacles and triumphs of their journey to the trades, providing all participants with insights into what it takes to engage and retain women.

And so much more
Speakers from across Canada will share expertise, innovations and ideas. Concurrent sessions, plenary discussions, exhibits and networking opportunities ensure the conference offers something to every apprenticeship stakeholder.

Register now!

CAF-FCA Reception

The Board of Directors invites you to join them at a delegate reception on Monday evening at the historic Hotel Saskatchewan. This 'can't miss' event is a great opportunity to discuss the day's presentations and network with peers. Free for all conference delegates.

Book your Hotel

The Delta Regina, host hotel to his year's Conference, is now full. Delegates still have two remaining options, but book today to ensure you get the hotel you want:

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Government to introduce Federal Skilled Worker Program

Given shortages in a number of skilled trades, Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced plans to introduce a program to increase the immigration of skilled trades workers. The program is designed to provide a streamlined system for workers in construction, transportation, manufacturing and service industries.

Read the press release.


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Public Sector Employer Profile
TTC Bus Maintenance Department

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the third largest public transit system in North America, servicing some 4.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area with a network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for people who require accessible transportation.

At the TTC, Allan Pritchard is the Senior Superintendent of the Duncan Shop overhaul facility, overseeing approximately 300 staff and hourly employees, including 30 apprentices.

"You need to match apprentices to retirement and growth within your department," says Allan. "The average employee stays on with the TTC for 30 years, making it impossible to replace someone with this much experience. Apprenticeship provides us with a great option to transfer knowledge and experience from senior to junior staff and maintain the present skill set to advance the organization."

Read about the TTC's apprenticeship strategy, including its many benefits to the company and journeypersons.

Bridge the Gap PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 22:05

Bridge the Gap with Women in Skilled Trades and Technologies: Saskatchewan’s Summit - Proceedings Report Posted

January 30, 2012

Over 70 Saskatchewan industry, training and government stakeholders gathered in Saskatoon May 6, 2011 to examine issues and discuss strategies to increase women’s participation in skilled trades and technologies. The participants also looked at ways to support employers in recruiting, hiring, training and retaining women in the skilled trades and technologies.

The report presents a synopsis of the "Bridge the Gap with Women in Skilled Trades and Technologies: Saskatchewan's Summit," the first of its kind in the province.
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Tuition Fees Increased PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 21:04

Tuition Fees For 2012-2013

April 2, 2012

The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Board has established tuition fees for the 2012–2013 training year.

Effective July 1, 2012, the tuition fee will increase from $30 for each week of apprenticeship technical training to $75 per week in most programs. This fee is necessary to address the increased training volume and higher costs for the delivery of technical training. The number of apprentices in technical training has increased from 3,296 in 2006-2007 to a projected 5,900 in 2011–2012, a 79% increase. Tuition fees have not increased since July 1, 2004 while, in the same period, training costs have increased 25%. The Saskatchewan Government has made major investments in the apprenticeship system. Since 2007-2008, funding has increased by 58% ($7.2M). As a result, the actual number of apprentices attending technical training has increased by 48% between 2007-2008 and 2010-2011.

The revenue from tuition fee increases will be applied directly to the purchase of technical training seats. The SATCC contracts with a variety of Saskatchewan post-secondary institutions to purchase training seats. Apprentices’ share of the cost of training will move from 8.2% in 2011–2012 to 20% in 2012–2013.

The 2012-2013 weekly tuition is still very competitive and is lower than apprenticeship tuition in Alberta and British Columbia. The SATCC Board will review tuition fees every year. There has not been an increase in Saskatchewan’s apprenticeship tuition fees since July 1, 2004. The apprenticeship stream still remains Saskatchewan’s most affordable post-secondary option.

Apprentices usually attend 8 weeks of technical training in each of 4 years. The increased tuition fee will require the apprentice to pay $600 per year as opposed to the $240 they have been paying. Some programs have a slightly higher tuition fee.

Apprentices today have more options to assist them in offsetting tuition fees. The Saskatchewan Government recently announced a $500 scholarship for each high school student who graduates after January 1, 2012 and enters a post-secondary program of studies after April 1, 2012. This scholarship is available in each of 4 years of study completed within the next 10 years. Also available to the vast majority of apprentices is a variety of federal and provincial grants that can support them in training, including Federal Employment Insurance and Provincial living away from home allowances while they are in training. 

GDIE Aborinal Apprenticeship Program PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 February 2012 19:15

Gabriel Dumont Institute Aboriginal Apprenticeship Program

In line with Saskatchewan’s changing labour market trends and the Gabriel Dumont Institute
(GDI) priorities, GDI has launched its Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative, a program that will
provide Aboriginal apprentices with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience to successfully
progress through their training to become certified journeypersons in their chosen trades.
The broad goals of the GDI Apprenticeship Initiative are to promote Aboriginal participation in
apprenticeship and trade skills training and related employment, as well as to initiate and develop
partnerships with industry. The initiative provides apprentices with a salary while they are
training in a skilled trade. Because apprenticeship is driven by employer demand, mismatches
between skills taught and supplied, and skills demanded in the labour market are less likely to
occur. The initiative is also an appealing way for Aboriginal people to access rewarding careers.
GDI offers wage subsidies to help employers meet the costs of apprentice wages and also
provides access to an Aboriginal employment pool which will help meet the demand for skilled
workers in Saskatchewan. Job coaching and follow-up are provided to help apprentices succeed
in their programs. Employment counselors are available to provide support to apprentices and
employers throughout the training period.
At the conclusion of the apprenticeship initiative by the end of 2013, the project will have added
an additional 120 Aboriginal apprentices in the province. This is a significant number
considering that in June 2009, there were 8,924 apprentices in Saskatchewan who were
registered with Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). Of
these, 13% or 1,160 were Aboriginal. Thus GDI Aboriginal Apprenticeship Initiative will result
in more than a 10% increase in Aboriginal apprentices in the province.
To reach its goals, GDI is seeking both Aboriginal people looking for work and employer
partners seeking to fill apprentice positions.
The GDI Apprenticeship Initiative is funded by the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF), an
initiative of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada along with project partners
Dumont Technical Institute, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, and the Saskatchewan
Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, as well as private sector employer partners.

For more information, please contact:
Apprenticeship Coordinator
Gabriel Dumont Institute
917 22nd Street West
Saskatoon SK S7M 0R9
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