Apprenticeships and Certification


An apprentice is an individual who is registered in an Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training program. Apprentices who meet Employment Insurance (EI) client eligibility requirements are eligible for financial supports through the program while participating in the classroom technical training components of their apprenticeship training. Most apprentices will have an employer sponsor with whom they are completing the on-the-job components of their apprentice training.

Apprentice Welder

Apprentices are either case managed and will have their employment needs assessed as other eligible program clients or non-case managed and are served through the Apprentice On-Line Portal (AOP)

To be eligible for Program Financial Supports for Apprentices, you must:

  • Be legally eligible to work in British Columbia.
  • Be a registered Apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) of BC.
  • Have an Industry Training Authority (ITA) Registration Number.
  • Have an Employer Sponsor, or be supported by your Union Hiring Hall in obtaining a sponsor.
  • Be working less than 20 hours a week (or not at all)), while attending your course.
  • Have a return to work date from your Employer Sponsor
  • Attend an ITA designated training course with an ITA designated Training Provider
  • Meet eligibility criteria as an EI Client*.
  • Apply for Employment Insurance Benefits through Service Canada

*To be eligible for Program Financial Supports for Apprentices as an EI Client, the client must meet the individual program eligibility criteria and meet the definition of EI Client as defined under the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA), which is based on Section 58 of the EI Act.

EI Client as defined by the LMDA means an unemployed person who, when requesting assistance under the Employment Program of British Columbia:

  • is an Active EI Claimant; or
  • had a benefit period that ended within the previous 60 months; or
  • had a benefit period established for him or her within the previous 60 months;


  • was paid parental or maternity benefits under the EI Act
  • subsequently withdrew from the labour force to care for one or more of their newborn children, or one or more children placed with them for the purpose of adoption and is seeking to re-enter the labour force


Prince George Employment Service provides funding for certain schooling and certificate training classes. Clients must be eligible for case management to collect this funding. These classes help clients improve their knowledge that proves essential for future employment.

Short Term Occupational Certification

These classes benefit clients and help build a strong resume. They increase knowledge about the field of work they are going into and provide certain mandatory requirements of future jobs. Such classes offered include:

  • Food Safe
  • Serving it right

Classes that are not on the list above may be discussed between job coaches and case managed clients for potential enrollment.


Certain jobs require ticketed training to allow employees on site. Prince George Employment Service provides certification for clients approved for these classes. It is important that you get the training you need before starting a new job. Tickets include:

Lady Truck Driver
  • H2S
  • Fall restraint
  • First Aid levels 1, 2
  • Transportation Of Dangerous Goods

Coaches will cluster more than one topic together so clients can move through programs more efficiently. Any other required tickets can be discussed between case managed clients and job coaches.


Prince George Employment Service will help clients enroll in schooling classes offered here in Prince George that will help them obtain employment. These classes have to be proved as an essential need and requirement for potential future jobs. Funding will be provided to case managed clients after approval from their job coaches. Schooling classes may include:

  • one year certification of post secondary education
  • 2 year diploma

Other courses or post secondary education that clients would like to have can be discussed with job coaches for potential enrollment.

WorkBC Prince George

150 Brunswick Street
Prince George, BC V2L 2B3
(250) 596-2517