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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.