Skilled trades professionals are in demand. It is projected that over the next ten years there will be a shortage of tradespeople in Canada. Landscape Horticulture is a trade in Nova Scotia and has recently become involved in the Apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship NS is currently using the Industry Certification Program to move through the Apprenticeship levels!
Nova Scotia's apprenticeship system can help you get the training and experience you need to become a skilled trades professional (certified journeyperson) in an exciting career. If you're in high school getting ready to make that big decision about what to do with your life, or already out working and want to make a change, this is your opportunity to turn your talents and passion into success.
Apprenticeship can lead you to employment opportunities that pay well.
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Earn money while you learn!
As an apprentice, you receive a salary from the employer that hires you. This salary increases as each stage of the program is successfully completed.
Another big benefit of apprenticeship training is that debt loads after completion of apprenticeships are much lower, since apprentices “earn while they learn”. You may also be eligible for taxable financial awards and tax credits. Click herefor more information.
Skilled workers are in demand in Nova Scotia and across the country. A good work ethic, a can-do attitude and a Certificate of Qualification will provide you with the tools to find a job when you finish your post-secondary education.
Mentorship and hands-on-training
As an apprentice, you will have an opportunity to learn high level skills through personal, on-the-job training from a highly qualified journeyperson.
Skills to last a lifetime
As an apprentice, the skills you learn will not only last a lifetime, they will also open doors to other opportunities. You can take advanced training to continue developing your talent and work your way into challenging and rewarding careers in management or teaching. Many tradespeople start their own businesses.
To become an apprentice in the trade in which you are employed, you must be supervised in the workplace by a certified journeyperson (except in the case of youth apprentices in Nova Scotia, who are individuals from 16 to 19 years of age).
In Nova Scotia, if you are currently working in one of the compulsory certified trades, contact the apprenticeship office nearest you (or call toll-free 1-800-494-5651) and ask to speak with a Training Officer about how to obtain a temporary permit. A temporary permit allows individuals to continue to work in the trade while the registration process takes place.
Discuss the apprenticeship program with your employer and find out if they are willing to sign an apprenticeship agreement with you.
Register as an apprentice! Click here for the instructions on how to complete and submit the Apprenticeship Application and Agreement Package to become an apprentice!
Click here to see the steps to becoming an Apprentice..
Please note: There is a registration/photo ID fee.
A journeyperson has a Certificate of Qualification in a trade and may act as a mentor or assist in the on-the-job training of apprentices.
If you received your certification in another jurisdiction in one of the trades that is designated in Nova Scotia and would like to be recognized as a certified journeyperson in this province, please refer to our Credential Recognition section.
Now that you've chosen a career in the skilled trades and registered as an apprentice, you are well on your way to achieving your career goals. There are many benefits to training in the apprenticeship program and becoming a journeyperson.
The division is here to assist you on your journey! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your Training Officer or the apprenticeship office in your region.
Once an apprentice has signed an apprenticeship agreement, you (the apprentice) and each of the other participants in the agreement (such as the employer and supervising journeyperson) have roles and responsibilities to fulfill. Please find these below.
Note: The Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education has published a brochure on employer responsibilities in regards to workplace safety. Click here for a copy of their brochure.
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Landscape Nova Scotia