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Apprenticeship

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) prides itself on the heritage of a strong partnership with Apprenticeship. Over the many years these two institutions have played a major role in supporting individuals to successfully develop a skilled trades career. Trades individuals form a skilled work force, which is always ready to sustain economic growth.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is quality, affordable, post-secondary training that leads to certification as a journeyperson in a skilled occupation. As an apprentice, you will learn through a combination of classes and on-the-job training and experience where skilled trades professionals (Journeypersons) pass knowledge and skills on to apprentices.

There are many apprenticeable occupations in New Brunswick. Most apprenticeship programs take two to five years to complete, and they combine approximately 80 per cent paid on-the-job training with 20 per cent technical/in-school learning. Once you're done, you receive either a Diploma of Apprenticeship, a Certificate of Qualification and if applicable, a Red Seal designation. These qualifications can help you get better pay and more jobs.

NBCC’s Current Offerings are as follows

TradeCampus
Automotive Service TechnicianFredericton, Moncton, Saint John
Boiler MakerMoncton
BricklayingWoodstock
CarpentryMoncton, Saint John, Woodstock
CookMoncton
Electrician - ConstructionMoncton, Saint John
Electrician - IndustrialMoncton, Saint John
Heavy Equipment Service TechnicianMoncton
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)Miramichi, Saint John
Instrumentation and Control TechnicianSaint John
IronworkerMoncton
Machinist/CNC MachinistMoncton
Metal Fabricator/WelderMoncton
Motor Vehicle Body RepairSaint John
PlumbingMoncton, Saint John
Refrigeration and Air ConditioningSt. Andrews
RoofingSaint John
Sheet MetalMoncton
Steam/Pipe FitterSaint John

NBCC’s Role with Apprenticeship

NBCC has a long history of delivering apprenticeship training in partnership with Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification. NBCC delivers apprenticeship training in 19 designated (8 compulsory) trades providing New Brunswick with a number of highly skilled trades people annually.

Benefits of Apprenticeship

  1. Earn while you learn!
    As an apprentice, you receive a salary from the employer who hires you. This salary normally increases as each stage of the program is successfully completed.
  2. Lower debt
    Another big benefit of apprenticeship training is that debt loads after completion of apprenticeships are much lower, since apprentices “earn while they learn”. If eligible, you may receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits when you begin technical training and may also be eligible for financial assistance through the Training and Skills Development (TSD) program to cover costs associated with training, child care, living away from home, travel assistance, commuting allowance and disability allowance. In addition, there are a wide range of grants and incentives available to apprentices.
  3. Gain work experience
    Skilled workers are in demand all across the country. New Brunswick offers hands-on training in 19 occupations. Apprentices receive post-secondary education through on-the-job training and in-school learning. This provides them with the skills to work almost anywhere in Canada.
  4. Qualified Mentorship
    As an apprentice, you will have an opportunity to learn high level skills through personal, on-the-job training from a highly qualified journeyperson.

How do I become an apprentice?

  • Pre-Apprenticeship
    • High School Students are able to transfer their previous work experience, and courses if they register as pre-apprentices through:
      • Coop/Career Exploration;
      • Summer employment; and
      • NB Teen Apprenticeship Program
  • Direct Entry
    • Obtain employment with a company and register as an apprentice. Work under a journeyperson and obtain your hours for training.
  • Pre-Employment
    • Complete a pre-employment program with NBCC and write your block one exam.
  • Trade Qualifications/Occupational Certification
    • With the right amount of required work hours, you can apply to challenge the certification exam.

Please visit the following websites to learn more about your opportunity to secure a promising future in the world of skilled trades.