Grow Your Business With Apprenticeship

by | Sep 19, 2020 | Blog Post, General Business, Landscaping, News & Events, Retail Garden Centres

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Manitoba is home to a vibrant community of Landscape Horticulturist Journeypersons who have successfully completed the apprenticeship program. They own their own businesses, work in all sectors of the green profession and employ apprentices. For obvious reasons, they are great supporters of the program and excited to talk about their experience as an apprentice, Journeyperson and employer. Connect with someone on the MBNLA Professional Development committee to learn how to grow your business with Apprenticeship:

qA Landscape Horticulturist apprenticeship includes both paid on-the-job work experience and in-school technical training. As the employer-sponsor, you are responsible for the work experience portion of the training. Your apprentice will work regular hours and attend in-class technical training at Red River College during the off-season. Once all requirements are met, your apprentice becomes a certified interprovincial Red Seal Journeyperson.

As an employer in the landscape and horticulture profession, the odds are pretty good you’ve struggled with staffing. Maybe you’re even struggling right now. Posting job openings, interviewing, and on-boarding probably take up more time than you care to admit. Add training and supervision to the mix and you quickly realize you have a lot invested in each employee. Staff turnover means you continually repeat this activity; sometimes from one season to the next, other times within a single season. This can make it difficult to add shifts or work crews, prepare employees for additional responsibilities and promotions, reduce or focus your personal workload, and, ultimately, grow your business.

Follow in the footsteps of other successful businesses and become an employer-sponsor for an apprentice. Grow your own talent and shape their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of your company. They will become your core workforce who will share their skills with new apprentices, fill in skills gaps and become the future managers and leaders for your business.

 

How Does Apprenticeship Work?

A Landscape Horticulturist apprenticeship includes both paid on-the-job work experience and in-school technical training. As the employer-sponsor, you are responsible for the work experience portion of the training. Your apprentice will work regular hours and attend in-class technical training at Red River College during the off-season. Once all requirements are met, your apprentice becomes a certified inter-provincial Red Seal Journeyperson.

It’s easy to get started!

  • Identify an employee. Your apprentice can be a new hire or existing employee who is interested in building a career in the landscape and horticulture industry.
  • Determine who will train your apprentice. Apprentices are typically trained by a certified Journeyperson. However, if one is not available, as a qualified, experienced tradesperson you or one of your staff can become a designated trainer.
  • Review your responsibilities.  As an employer-sponsor, you will need to set up your online profile in AccessManitoba, allow your apprentice time away from work for technical training, and track and submit their hours.
  • Register your apprentice. You and your apprentice will complete the Apprenticeship Application and Agreement and submit it to Apprenticeship Manitoba.
  • Register for technical training. Once your apprentice is registered, sign them up for technical training with AccessManitoba.ca. Click here to learn more.
  • Track hours. Employers are required to track apprentice’s hours and submit them to Apprenticeship Manitoba. Apprentices must earn 6000 hours total (1500 hours per level) before they can earn the Red Seal designation. These hours are completed while working with an employer-sponsor. Technical training is held during the off season so employers aren’t short- staffed during peak season.
  • Completion of technical training. Once an apprentice has completed the technical training, they are ready to take the final exam. The Red Seal Qualification exam is usually scheduled right after Level 4 technical training. Apprentices are tested on content from their entire apprenticeship. The instructor will help with exam preparation, including a review of the theory from all levels of technical training. Apprentices should take advantage of this review and spend time on their own to prepare. Seventy per cent is the minimum required for a pass.
  • Certificate of qualification. The apprentice will receive their Certificate of qualification once they have passed the inter-provincial examination and submitted the required number of hours. (Note, hours can be completed and submitted even after the exam has been completed.)
    • The Inter-Provincial Red Seal is a standard recognized across Canada. An Inter-Provincial Red Seal Journeyperson is qualified to work in any province in Canada. More information can be found here.

What if I have been working as a Landscape Horticulturist but I am not a registered apprentice?

If you have been working in the trade for 6 years or more and have accumulated 9000 hours of experience, you are qualified to challenge the exam. More information can be found here.

If you do not have a Journeyperson employed with your business, you can apply to become a designated trainer. This is a person who has experience in 70% of the scope of the trade and has worked 1.5 times the term of apprenticeship within the past 10 years. The designated trainer form can be found here.

 

Employer-Sponsor Incentives

There are a number of provincial and federal grants, tax credits and other incentives available to employers and apprentices to help cover the cost of training*. Visit Apprenticeship Manitoba for more detail on these programs:

  • The Province of Manitoba subsidizes the cost of classroom training with no direct cost to the employer-sponsor.
  • The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable tax credit available to employers or sponsors who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled. This credit is equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice. If your business hires an eligible apprentice, you qualify to claim the credit.
  • Manitoba Paid Work Experience Tax Credits (PWETC) provide incentives to employers who offer work experience to qualified apprentices and recently certified Journeypersons. Eligible trades include both Red Seal and non-Red-Seal trades, including Landscape Horticulturist. A 15% credit on wages and salaries to a maximum of $5,000 per apprentice per year is available for hiring apprentices through all levels of apprenticeship and for hiring Journeypersons for the first two years. The rural and northern bonus for hiring Level 1 and 2 apprentices provides a total 20% credit on wages and salaries, with a cap of $5,000 per year per apprentice.
  • CLAC Apprenticeship Support Program is an employer incentive. Offering up to $10,000 per level 1 apprentice and employer support training.
  • Take on the Trades Program  takeonthetrades.ca

*It is the employee-sponsor and the apprentice’s responsibility to apply for these incentives.  Apprenticeship Manitoba does not automatically apply them to you.

Classroom Training

The in-class technical training for Landscape Horticulturists is currently completed in four blocks. Levels 1 through 3 are 9 weeks long. Level 4 is 8 weeks long. Apprentices typically complete one block of training per year. Apprentices with a year or two of work experience prior to registering for technical training tend to be the most successful.

Technical Training Schedule

Level 1 Technical Training: January 15 – March 15

Level 3 Training: January 29 – March 29

Wondering if this is the right fit for your business?

Manitoba is home to a vibrant community of Landscape Horticulturist Journeypersons who have successfully completed the apprenticeship program. They own their own businesses, work in all sectors of the green profession and employ apprentices. For obvious reasons, they are great supporters of the program and excited to talk about their experience as an apprentice, Journeyperson and employer. Connect with someone on the MBNLA Professional Development committee to learn how to grow your business with Apprenticeship:

Aaron Szuck (aaron@alladinslandscape.com)
Calvin Eisner (calvin@lacostegardencentre.com)

Ready to register as an employer-sponsor or want a little more information?

Please contact:

Eduardo Novello
Apprenticeship Training Co-ordinator
Apprenticeship Manitoba
Economic Development, Investment, Trade and Natural Resources
100-111 Lombard Ave, Winnipeg, MB  R3B 0T4
Phone Number : 204.794.3746
Email :  Eduardo.Novello@gov.mb.ca
www.manitoba.ca/tradecareers

Useful Links

Trade Description
https://www.gov.mb.ca/aesi/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/landscape.html

Designated Trainer
https://www.gov.mb.ca/aesi/apprenticeship/generalinfo/pubs/2022_dt_enhanced_app_updated_eng.pdf

Downloadable Apprenticeship Forms
https://www.gov.mb.ca/aesi/apprenticeship/generalinfo/forms.html#general

AccessManitoba
http://www.accessmanitoba.ca/

Apprenticeship Manitoba
https://www.gov.mb.ca/aesi/apprenticeship/generalinfo/index.html

Canadian Red Seal Program
https://www.red-seal.ca/eng/trades/l.1ndsc.1p.2h.4rt.3c.5lt.5r.3st.shtml

 

 

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