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Welcome to the Automotive Apprentice Success Centre!

The NS Automotive Human Resource Council supports the success of the industry's apprentices. The automotive service and repair industry is experiencing a critical shortage of skilled service repair and collision technicians. Over 40% of the workforce is over the age of 45, and many of whom are making career changes or planning for retirement.

Employers need to ensure Journeypersons transfer their knowledge and skills to apprentices to maintain productivity levels and to meet growing service demands.

The following sections are tools and information offered to support apprentices in their full journey to Certification.

Apprentice Career Path

Your four year certification journey is a Earn While You Learn model! Apprentices work full time (2000 hours) annually and complete four to six weeks of classroom or online training per year. (Number of courses depend on trade occupation.)

 

Click here for more information on careers in Canadian trades. 

Apprentice Tax Incentives

Tradesperson Tool Deduction

The new Federal Government tradesperson's tools deduction provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade. The deduction applies to the total cost of eligible tools if the following conditions are met:

  • the total cost exceeds $1,000
  • the purchase was made by an employed tradesperson

Click Here for complete details

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a federal taxable cash grant of $1000 per year which is available to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first or second year in a Red Seal trade. 

  • First Year $1000 grant: Successful completion of Group A / Level 1 and 2,000 hours (In-class, on-line or initial credits granted will be considered)
  • Second Year $1000 grant: Successful completion of Group B / Level 2 and 4,000 hours, (In-class, on-line or initial credits granted will be considered)
  • Apprentices in Red Seal trades are eligible to apply to the Federal Government for the taxable Apprenticeship Completion Grant. If you have successfully completed all requirements of your program and pass the certification examination, you will be eligible to receive a grant of $2,000. The Certificate of Apprenticeship (with Red Seal endorsement) which is issued to all completing apprentices will be your proof of eligibility.

Click here for complete details

Scholarships

Provincial Apprentice Progression Award

Apprentices who were progressing through or who completed apprenticeship programs:

Apprentices from all designated trades which have four-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprenticeship Progression Award if they fulfilled all Level 3/Group C requirements.

Apprentices in five-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Progression Award if they fulfilled all Level 3/Group C requirements within this time period. They can apply for another award if they completed all Level 4/Group D requirements and obtained  a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Apply for a Provincial Apprentice Progression Award. Applications must be received within six months of achieving eligibility.

Click here for complete details

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) of $2,000

Apprentices in Red Seal trades are eligible for the taxable Apprenticeship Completion Grant. If you have successfully completed all requirements of your program and pass the Interprovincial Red Seal exam, you will be eligible to recieve a grant of $2,000.

For more information click here.

 

NS Automotive Industry Associations

 

Automotive Trades
Association

Executive Director:

Graham Conrad

Representing:
Service & Repair Industry
Ph: 902-466-7516
Email

Automobile Dealers
Assocation of NS

Executive Director:
John Sutherland

Representing:
Automobile Dealers
Email

Collision Repair
Association of NS

Representing:
Auto Body/Collision Repair Industry
Email

Atlantic Tire Dealers Association of NS
Executive Director:
Frank Connor
Representing:
Tire Dealers
Email

Automotive Recyclers Association of Atlantic Canada
Executive Director:
Ed MacDonald

Representing:
Professional Automobile Recyclers and Dismantlers
Email

Automobile Insurance Appraisers Association of NS
President:

Maurice Anderson

Representing:
Insurance Appraisers

Ph:902-423-6286
Email

Stay Current with Industry!

Nova Scotia

Atlantic

National

Skills Nova Scotia Competitions!

Challenge your technical skills against other provincial apprentices! Win the gold medal and head to Skills Canada national competitions. Win gold and join the elite group of tradespersons and travel to the International Skills Competition. Sponsorship available for all levels of competition. 

Find all the details at http://skillsns.ednet.ns.ca

Industry Training

Automotive Sector

Name

Auto Body/Collision Repair I-CAR
Safety Training for Parts Manager, warehouse parts drivers. Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing NSCC
   

Automotive Scholarships

 

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Partners: This initiative is funded by the Government of Canada & the Nova Scotia Community College.

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