In Newfoundland/Labrador the Department of Advanced Education and Skills has a Journeyperson Mentorship Program that provides funds to eligible employers to hire a journeyperson to mentor an apprentice to allow their apprentices to get the training and hours to complete their apprenticeship.
Journeypersons in provincially recognized trades, that require 4500 hours or more of combined school and work hours are eligible to be mentors. An employer can choose a person who is currently employed in their field or is retired from their field who has at least five years experience.
This program is open to private employers particularly small and medium sized businesses in the profit or non-profit sector who “Have the capacity to employ a minimum of three apprentices and pay all associated employment expenses from own resources.” They must also have an office location base in the province and be able to provide a minimum of six months work in the trade.
Apprentices must be registered with the provincial apprenticeship program or be eligible to register. Journeyperson/mentors must have a “Certificate of Qualification” in a NL designated trade along with a minimum of five years experience with a minimum of two years employment as a journeyperson in the trade in the last ten years.
This is a great idea for the employers because it compensates companies that train apprentices by allowing them to hire skilled journeypersons to mentor and train them, building a productive team of employees. It is good for journeypersons because it encourages them to take a more active role in training and mentoring apprentices. It reaches out to our retired journeypersons and allows them to share their knowledge acquired over years of work in the field. Finally for apprentices they get the training, mentoring and hours so they can successfully complete their trade and maybe one day become mentors themselves.