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Sponsorship – What does it mean?

Sponsoring an apprentice is a mutual agreement between an apprentice and an employer/sponsor. To be a sponsor you need to commit to training your apprentice(s) on the job, and have a tradesperson with a Red Seal, Certificate of Qualification or certified journeyperson, or Industry Training Authority (ITA) Supervision and Sign off Authority.

Sponsor’s Responsibilities

There are a few simple steps required to run an apprenticeship smoothly. You are required to:

  • Register the apprenticeship with the ITA
  • Track and submit the apprentice’s workplace hours
  • Allow time for the apprentice to take technical training
  • Evaluate and recommend the apprentice for certification

In addition to the basic steps, mentoring your apprentice(s) with the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired is key to their success, especially as they prepare to go for technical training.

ITA has also created an online registration system, Direct Access, which allows you to register, report, and sign off at a time that suits your schedule. Your apprentice has direct access as well, to help them keep their contact information current, and manage and review their results.

Getting Started

The first time you register as a sponsor, ITA will email you a personal sponsor contact ID number as well as an organization ID number, which all of your apprentices will be attached to.

If you are not sure whether your business has ever been registered as a sponsor, please check with ITA Customer Service, 1-866-660-6011, 778-328-8700 or customerservice@itabc.ca . If your business has sponsored apprentices in the past, or currently has active apprentices, please be sure to include your Sponsor ID number on the registration form.

For detailed information please refer to: How to Register an Apprentice

Time Commitment

Baker apprenticeship takes about three years, and meatcutter takes about two. Professional Cook is different in that each credential, Professional Cook 1, 2 or 3 (Red Seal), is a complete certification on its own. This is to recognize the wide variety of cooks and their employment environments. It takes approximately one year each for PC1 and PC2, and three years for PC3.

Around 85 per cent of the apprentice’s time is spent on training on-the-job, and 15 per cent on classroom/kitchen technical training. Many training institutions are looking at flexible training schedules to meet employer’s needs. More information: a complete list of ITA-designated training providers | training levels and times offered at public training providers.

Length of Technical Training

  • Professional Cook 1, 2 and 3 (Red Seal) – one six week training session for each credential
  • Baker – three four week training sessions over three years
  • Meatcutter – two four week training sessions over two years

Additional Resources

General Information
ITA’s 6 Steps to Success
ITA’s Sponsor Overview

Tax Credits for Employers
BC Training Tax Credit
Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

Supervision and Sign-off Authority
Applying for a Supervision and Sign-off Authority Number
Sign off Authority Makes Sponsoring Cook Apprentices Easier

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
Effective Journeyperson Apprentice Mentoring
Making it Work - Mentoring Apprentices in the Workplace

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