Apprentice Training Award

FAQ - Apprentice Training Award

Learn more about applying for the award, eligibility and timing for the award.

FAQ - Apprentice
Training Award

The Apprentice Training Award is a $1,000 financial award for registered apprentices who are Unemployed in the Trade and attending second, third or fourth period technical training at an approved technical training provider in Alberta, on or after August 1, 2016. This award helps reduce financial barriers and supports apprentices to progress towards their journeyperson certification. 


$1,000 Award


To be considered for the Apprentice Training Award, you must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be registered in the Alberta apprenticeship program for at least 30 consecutive days immediately prior to the start of technical training.
  • Be registered in a second, third or fourth period technical training class at an approved provider, on or after August 1, 2016.
  • Be unemployed in your trade for at least 30 consecutive days immediately prior to the start of technical training.
  • Have not previously received the Apprentice Training Award for the same technical training period.

Unemployed in the Trade means the apprentice does not have an employer holding their Contract of Apprenticeship.
For apprentices registered with the Boilermaker Apprenticeship Administration Agency or the Ironworker Apprenticeship Administration Agency, Unemployed in the Trade is defined as being on the out-of-work list. 

For more details, please talk to an agency apprenticeship coordinator.

How to Apply for the Award

  1. Apprentice and Industry Training (AIT) will notify apprentices who may be eligible based on an apprentice’s information in MyTradesecrets. Notification will occur on the first day of technical training.

    If you've already attended technical training since August 1, 2016, or are attending technical training right now, you will receive notification in your MyTradesecrets account starting on January 18, 2017.

  2. Apprentices must provide their consent, Social Insurance Number and complete a legal declaration that you were Unemployed in the Trade for at least 30 consecutive days imediately prior to attending technical training. For apprentices attending technical training between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017, this information must be provided by June 30, 2017.

  3. Once eligibility has been determined and verified, a cheque will be mailed to the apprentice to the address in their MyTradesecrets account.  

What can apprentices do today?

It is important for AIT to have up-to-date information on your apprenticeship: 

  1. Ensure your contact information is correct by logging in to your MyTradesecrets account. You can check or edit your information on the Profile page:
  1. Bring or mail your Notice of Release of Contract of Apprenticeship Card (Release Card) to your nearest Apprenticeship office. (Submitting your Release Card helps establish you are Unemployed in the Trade):

You can verify if your release card has been sent in by:

Step 1: Log in to your MyTradesecrets account, and go to Applications tab.
Step 2: Click on Details beside your apprenticeship application.

  1. Bring or mail your record book to update your hours.
  1. Register and attend technical training.

Note: Apprentices registered with the Boilermaker or Ironworker Apprenticeship Administration Agencies do not have to submit Release Cards. Unemployment will be confirmed by the apprentice’s agency.

Need more information?

For questions regarding the Apprentice Training Award, please contact Apprenticeship and Industry Training: