Breaking into a Skilled Trade in Canada is extremely rewarding because many trades jobs are in demand. As a result, the contribution of many Internationally Trained Individuals (ITIs) will be vital in helping meet these labour demands. Trades in Canada are highly regulated, there are plenty of requirements for prospective tradespeople. In today’s blog, we are going to examine how ITIs can start working in a Skilled Trade and what the Saskatchewan apprenticeship training entrance requirements are.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Commission (SATCC) determines the requirements for individual trades. For Saskatchewan residents, a Grade 12 transcript or a GED 12 sufficiently meets the educational requirements for apprenticeship in Saskatchewan. On the other hand, a Grade 12 transcript with modified classes (classes in which the material has been altered to accommodate students) is not sufficient.
Specific trades need different levels of mathematics and science requirements. For more information, please see this chart for a useful guide in determining the math or science credit required for designated trades in Saskatchewan.
Lastly, all apprenticeship programs use English as the primary instructional language. Therefore, apprentices must be able to understand and communicate in English. Specifically, you are required to possess a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark level of 6 if English is not your first language.
What if I don’t meet the Entrance Requirements?
Individuals who do not possess the Saskatchewan apprenticeship training entrance requirements can take advantage of the SATCC Entrance Requirement Training. This is an online training using IXL Learning, a web and mobile- based learning tool. IXL Learning is useful because it provides comprehensive coverage of Math and English Language Arts which align to the Saskatchewan Curriculum Outcomes. In other words, individuals can meet the educational requirements needed to become an apprentice through the Entrance Requirement Training. This training is mandatory for anyone with academic transcripts which do not meet the educational requirements of their desired trade.
You can access IXL Learning that will be provided after paying a fee ($25 as of Oct 1, 2016). Afterwards, individuals will have six months to complete the Entrance Requirement Training and meet the required score for each learning outcome.
Getting your foot into the door is the first step towards being a tradesperson in Saskatchewan. With the Entrance Requirements attained, you can now begin the exciting journey of apprenticeship.
Related blog: What is the Alberta Trade Entrance Exam?
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