Apprenticeship In-school Training
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Apprentices enrolled in classes beginning April 6, 2020 or later.
These classes are suspended. Apprenticeship will look at options to reschedule these classes in future. Please check back here for updates.
Block Release and Certification Exams
All apprenticeship block release and certification exams will be postponed until further notice. Apprenticeship will continue to monitor the situation and reschedule exams when it is possible to do so. Please check back here for updates.
Apprentices currently attending in-school training
In response to the COVID-19 situation, Holland College has suspended in-person classes for students who are currently enrolled in apprenticeship in-school training.
Students who are currently attending the program should check their email regularly for information on material they will be expected to cover and how instruction will be delivered.
For those apprentices travelling to NBCC or NSCC for training, please check with the college to find out what is in place for your training.
If you are registered PEI Apprentice, you must complete periods of in-school training and pass progress exams to complete the program and qualify to write the Red Seal Exam.
When is in-school training offered and how can I apply?
Submit your completed in-school training enrolment form as soon as possible after August 1, 2019 as classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Four weeks before your training starts, you will receive training information from the Apprenticeship Section. Read the information carefully. Complete and return the required forms to SkillsPEI.
Am I eligible to have training costs covered?
If you are eligible for Employment Insurance, your tuition for apprenticeship in-school training is fully subsidized through SkillsPEI. You may also be eligible for travel costs. You will have to pay the cost for code books.
How long is in-school training?
In-school training is typically five to ten weeks of classroom training for each level of apprenticeship. Each trade has different weeks required.
Do I have to leave my job to attend in-school training?
Yes, your employer will release you to attend in-school training and allow you to return to work following the training.
Are there any loans available to help apprentices while in block release training?
The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.
Starting in January 2015, you can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money will be available to you to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.
Visit the Government of Canada page on the Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) [external link] for more information.
Who can I contact for more information about in-school training?
Charlottetown Apprenticeship Office
Atlantic Technology Centre
Suite 212, 176 Great George Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-4460
Fax: (902) 368-6144
Summerside Apprenticeship Office
Access PEI Summerside
120 Heather Moyse Drive
PO Box 2063
Summerside, PE C1N 5L2
Telephone: (902) 888-8034
Fax: (902) 438-4096