Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy (AWS) Program

By mmuise

The Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy (AWS) program assists apprentices to gain work experience in their skilled trade, and progress to journeyperson certification by providing a wage subsidy to employers who hire apprentices. The program supports apprentices across all levels – First, Second, Third and Fourth year.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy of 75%, to a maximum of $14 an hour, for all apprentices funded under the program, and is paid directly to the employers who hire the apprentice.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • be employers that are incorporated businesses, or sole proprietorships, and registered to conduct business in Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • be in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Registry of Companies and Deeds,
  • have an office or operation in the province,
  • have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the department that confirms they have a qualified journeyperson on site in the appropriate trade,
  • be able to offer relevant work experience to the apprentice as required by the Institutional and Industrial Training Division.
  • can be EI eligible or Non EI eligible,
  • must be eligible to register, or already be registered, with the Institutional and Industrial Training Division as an apprentice,
  • are only eligible to be subsidized for two levels of their apprenticeship certification training under the AWS program.
Application Steps:

Applicants/ interested employers must:

1. register and create an account in the Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour LaMPSS payment system to apply on-line,

2. complete and submit an online application.

Apprentices can complete the Apprentice Application form and submit it to the department. This application will be kept on file with the department and may be shared with an employer looking to hire someone with a particular skilled trade.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. an online application form,
2. a job description, including any education or qualifications required for the position.

Other Things to Note:

No other details available.

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