Roles and Responsibilities


Once an apprentice has signed an apprenticeship agreement, you (the employer) and each of the other participants in the agreement (such as the apprentice and supervising journeyperson) have roles and responsibilities to fulfill, as listed below.


  • actively support and promote a safe working and learning environment.
  • assign the apprentice to a supervising journeyperson
  • provide an opportunity for the apprentice to learn the full scope of the trade
  • pay the apprentice as set out in the Trade Regulations or Collective Agreements
  • allow the apprentice to participate in the required technical training and take examinations
  • submit the apprentice's Record of Employment (ROE) to enable them to apply for EI benefits when they begin technical training (Employers can now complete and submit apprentices' ROEs online. For details, please visit Service Canada's ROE website.)
  • evaluate the performance of the apprentice with the supervising journeyperson on a regular basis

 The Occupational Health and Safety Division of Labour and Advanced Education has published a brochure on employer responsibilities in regards to workplace safety, available HERE.


  • know what is involved in your trade, learn and apply your skills and serve your employer’s productivity needs to the best of your ability
  • take control of your training, ask questions and seek answers
  • participate in and successfully complete the required on-the-job and technical training requirements
  • demonstrate a positive approach to people, work and learning

Supervising Journeyperson

  • model, promote and encourage the highest trade standards
  • teach the apprentice the skills of the trade to the best of your ability
  • provide appropriate supervision and honest feedback
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

  • inform the apprentice and employer of their respective responsibilities in the program
  • register Apprenticeship Agreements and maintain client records
  • schedule all necessary technical training and examinations for the apprentice to complete requirements for certification
  • maintain regular contact with the apprentice and employer
  • administer and enforce the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act and General Regulations and Trade Regulations