20 year old Keiran recently took home the gold medal for Alberta and was national silver medallist in Air Conditioning Repair at the 2014 Canadian National Skills Competition, an opportunity that gave him valuable experience on his way to becoming a journeyperson.
Keiran is one of the thousands of young Canadians who have benefited from the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Grants to help pay for training in a Red Seal Trade.
Keiran says, “The Apprenticeship Grants are really important, they can help you out big time. I know for me, I’m 5 hours from the nearest training centre and the cost of living is just crazy… especially for trade students because (Refrigeration) is only a two month program. Finding places to live, travel, any grants we can get definitely help tremendously.”
Keiran plans to apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant too once his apprenticeship is completed as it will help him to obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. Registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and become certified in a designated Red Seal trade can receive up to $4,000 from both grants.
Keiran’s refrigeration and air conditioning mentor Dave McCutcheon agrees. “It’s very important for young people to get exposed to the different trades. Fundamentally, it’s a great career. Trades pay well, they require a great level of intelligence and skill to be competitive, and they are generally a fun way to make a living.”
For more information on Apprentice Incentive and Completion Grants, as well as the new Canada Apprentice Loan available in January 2015, visit Canada.ca/Apprentice.