The objective of the Apprenticeship START program is to encourage employers to register, retain and support their apprentices to completion during their apprenticeship journey. The START program has a focus of small to medium-sized businesses/organizations including not-for-profits and social enterprises that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. Companies with headquarters outside of Nova Scotia are eligible to apply only if they also have a physical location in Nova Scotia.
Employers can receive up to $25,000 in funding for the duration of the apprenticeship. If the employer hires an apprentice from an under-represented group, the funding increases to $30,000.
For more details on eligibility, please see the Apprenticeship START Fact Sheet
How to Apply for START Funding
- Review the Apprenticeship START Program Guidelines
- Complete an Apprenticeship Agreement with your apprentice and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. An Industry Training Consultant (ITC) will review your application and determine eligibility. Visit our Contact Us page for a list of Industry Training Consultants by trade/region.
Supports for Books, Technology, Travel and Childcare – Employment NS Apprenticeship Program
Apprentices may be eligible to receive Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) funding during their training. To apply online for financial assistance to cover some or all miscellaneous costs, visit the Employment Nova Scotia – Apprenticeship Program website and click “Start now”.
- The application is accessible via LaMPSS Online using a computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone.
- Eligible miscellaneous costs include accommodations, travel, childcare, books, technology measures.
- Receipts will be required for childcare, books, technology measures.
- You may be eligible for advanced payment for books and/or technology measures which will allow you to have funds to purchase these items before your training begins.
If you have questions on how to apply, please contact Employment Nova Scotia at 1-877-223-0888.
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