Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy (AWS) Program



The Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy (AWS) program assists apprentices to gain work experience in their skilled trade, and progress to journeyperson certification by providing a wage subsidy to employers who hire apprentices. The program supports apprentices across all levels – First, Second, Third and Fourth year.

The program provides a wage subsidy of 75 percent, to a maximum of $14 an hour, for all apprentices funded under the program, and is paid directly to the employers who hire the apprentice.

Apprentices are only eligible to be subsidized for two levels of their apprenticeship certification training under the AWS program.

EI eligible and Non EI eligible apprentices are eligible under the program. The apprentice must be eligible to register, or already be registered, with the Institutional and Industrial Training Division as an apprentice.

Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Fact Sheet (126 KB)

Who Can Apply?

Employers that are incorporated businesses, or sole proprietorships, and registered to conduct business in Newfoundland and Labrador, and:

  • In good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador Registry of Companies and Deeds;
  • Have an office or operation in the province;
  • Have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the department that confirms they have a qualified journeyperson on site in the appropriate trade; and
  • Can offer relevant work experience to the apprentice as required by the Institutional and Industrial Training Division.

Terms and Conditions

Employers are required to adhere to the all relevant Terms and Conditions of the AWS program

How Do I Apply?


Interested employers must complete and submit an application to the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, on-line through the Labour Market Program and Supports System (LaMPSS).

On-line Application: Employers must register in LaMPSS to apply on-line. Once registration is complete, a password and user ID will be provided. To register, please press Register on LaMPSS system.

Program Guidelines have been developed in order to assist employers applying on-line. They can be viewed and printed by pressing Program Guidelines. (726 KB)

Once registered in LaMPSS, employers may apply directly on-line or update their information using the self-serve function, and the provided user password and ID. To apply on-line using the self-serve component of LaMPSS, please link to the following website that contains LaMPSS User Guidelines, System Requirements and the Login LaMPSS Employer Self-Serve.


Apprentices can complete the following Apprentice Application.. And submit to the department. This application will be kept on file with the department and may be shared with an employer looking to hire someone with a particular skilled trade.

Apprentices looking for employment in their skilled trade may use the following Marketing Letter as part of their job search with employers. Apprentices are encouraged to connect with AESL to determine their eligibility as an apprentice and how they may use this letter as a job search tool and access other job search supports.

Contact Information

Advanced Education, Skills and Labour Office Locations

General inquiries: 1-800-563-6600

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