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Language Training Program for Apprentices

The Language Training Program for Apprentices (LTPA) is a provincially-funded  program free for registered apprentices who are permanent residents of Canada residing in Alberta.

The LTPA is designed to increase language proficiency levels by a minimum of one Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level.

The program increases understanding of appropriate workplace communication and improves completion rates for immigrant apprentices in the trades of plumber (offered at NAIT), electrician (offered at Keyano College) and automotive service technician (offered at SAIT).

Assess your language proficiency

Take a free CLB Online Self-Assessment to assess your language proficiency in reading and listening. If you receive lower than a CLB 6, you may have difficulty with the reading and listening components of technical training. The LTPA will help you prepare for technical training and the workplace.

The reading requirements for apprenticeship training range from a CLB 3 to a CLB 10 (the average is CLB 6). The listening requirements for apprenticeship training range from CLB 5 to CLB 10 (the average is CLB 7).

What to expect

In total, the LTPA lasts six months (January to June 2017). The program provides four months (160 hours) of task-based, trades-specific language instruction facilitated by both language and trades instructors.

The curriculum includes real-world tasks and is informed by both the CLBs and Essential Skills. Instruction includes both face-to-face and online learning.

A mentorship component is included in the final two months of the LTPA to allow learners to further develop their skills in a professional setting under the guidance of a qualified industry mentor.

Entrance Requirements:

  • First-year or second-year registered apprentice
  • Permanent resident of Canada residing in Alberta
  • Demonstrate a minimum CLB level 5 across all skill areas
  • A willingness to commit to the full six-month program




Upcoming Information Sessions

To apply:

Email your resume to language.training@sait.ca. For more information call 403.210.5971.

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