Apprentice Wage Subsidy

The School Works: Apprentice Wage Subsidy provides a wage subsidy to businesses, non-profits or First Nations communities, and local governments in the Columbia Basin to meet their employment needs.

Employers must:

  • Be a business (with 100 employees or fewer, including management), local government, non-profit or First Nation community.
  • Businesses must operate and have headquarters in the Basin region.
  • For more eligibility requirements, see the program guide below.


The Program supports employers to provide employment to an apprentice to complete their work-based requirements for the following trades:

  • Auto Body and Collision Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Professional Cook
  • Electrician, Construction
  • Electrician, Industrial
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Machinist
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Steamfitter / Pipefitter
  • Truck & Transport Mechanic
  • Welder
  • Other

The program supports the retention of participating apprentices if the employer chooses to retain them to complete work-based training requirements in the same trade, beyond Level 2.

This program is closed.

To discuss your needs, call toll free 1.877.489.2687 ext. 3584 or email This program is administered by College of the Rockies.

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