Booking School

Applying for EI (Income Support)

Canada Apprentice Loan

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

Apprenticeship Completion Grant

Night / Online Courses

Apprentice Hours





The Construction Electrician Apprenticeship program will be changing due to the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative. Starting December 1, 2018, Level 1 and Level 2 of the new Harmonized Construction Electrician program will be implemented. Level 3 will be implemented December 1, 2019 and Level 4 will be implemented December 1, 2020.



If you have not completed any levels of technical training or completed level 1 technical training or a foundation program only, ITA will transition you to the new program in January 2019. Any technical training and work-based training hours on your current record will be transferred over. You will receive a letter from ITA when your program has been transferred to the new harmonized program. If you are planning to book level 2 in 2019, make sure you choose a HARMONIZED course (not the regular one).


If you have completed two or more levels of technical training, please see options below:


OPTION 1: Complete Current Program


We encourage you to complete your remaining levels of technical training per the schedule below:


Current Level 3 - Must be completed by December 2019

Current Level 4 - Must be completed by December 2020


This is why it’s important to book your school ASAP (on April 12th for BCIT, level 3 and 4), to make sure you get a spot BEFORE these dates otherwise you need to take additional training! This only needs to be the regular course, not the harmonized, as long as you complete before Dec 2019 for level 3 and December 2020 for level 4.


OPTION 2: Transition to New Program


If you are unable to complete your training in the current program as described in Option 1, you can be transitioned to the new program. This requires additional training to address program content you will have missed.


Transition from Current Level 2 to Harmonized Level 3 AFTER December 1, 2019

Gap training is required. This consists of 60 hours of missing content (approximately two weeks of full time training). Gap training will be available from December 2019 - December 2020.




Transition from Current Level 3 to Harmonized Level 4 AFTER December 1, 2020

Possible gap training involved, consists of 23 hours of missing content.


Booking School


Ready to book your next block of school? Here are a few things you'll need to know:

  • Course dates need to be approved by Andrea (HR) before you sign up- this is to ensure that we don't have too many people off at school at the same time.

  • Most classes are fully booked for 1 year, so you need to plan 1 year in advance!! Check the graph below to see if you are on track with your hours and schooling

  • NEL reimburses the cost of your tuition up to a maximum of $750, three (3) months after returning to work for us, you also need to pass the course!

    • You'll need to email your Tuition Receipt and Transcript to Andrea at for reimbursement 3 months after returning to NEL

  • Don't forget to apply for government funding and employment insurance (EI) benefits. This process starts 4-6 weeks prior to your school start date, and then requires action again, 1 week prior to your course start date. 

  • While you are in school, your extended health and dental benefits will be temporarily discontinued until you return from school. 



  1. Look up the courses on the BCIT website. For level 1 and 2, see the harmonized courses here. 

  2. Email/call Andrea at and ask her to approve the date you have chosen

  3. Fill out the BCIT Training Request Form. There are two options for payment of the $200 commitment fee (non-refundable/non-transferrable)

    1. Paid by NEL and payroll deduction over 2 pay periods of $100 each OR

    2. Paid by apprentice, credit card no. must be provided on the request form in order to be processed. 

  4. Send the form to Andrea at 

  5. Wait for a confirmation email from BCIT stating that you are signed up for the course.

  6. Begin the process of applying for EI (see below)

  7. Three months after working for NEL again (after you complete schooling), send your receipt to Imelda at for half the tuition reimbursement. You must pass the course! 

*If you are trying to get into a class that is held at a Secondary School, you will need a Criminal Record Check first. Results take about 10 days to come in, and by that point, classes may be full. For this reason it is important that you first get your criminal record results, then send in your request form. 


BCIT is no longer using a waitlist. If you want to get into a course that is full, you'll need to keep checking the website for an opening and then immediately call Andrea if you see one to continue with the above process.


TIP: Pay attention to the tuition deadlines posted on the BCIT website. If you want the best chance of getting into a sooner class, start check the website every day for a week after the tuition deadline date. Anyone who hasn't paid their tuition fee is dropped from the class, and that is when the most spots open up. 


** IF you do not have a credit card and would like NEL to pay your $200 registration fee, mark "cheque" at the bottom of the registration form, and we will deduct the $200 in two installments of $100 from your paycheque. 


For Kwantlen:

  1. Go to the course website and search for the course you want. 

  2. Email/call Andrea and ask her to approve the date you have chosen

  3. Fill out the Apprenticeship Registration Form

  4. Email form as an attachment to 

  5. Wait for a response from Kwantlen regarding your registration. After they have confirmed with you, you will need to pay the applicable tuition fees.

  6. Email the confirmation to Andrea at 

  7. Begin the process of applying for EI (see below)

  8. Three months after working for NEL again (after you complete schooling), send your receipt to Poonam at for half the tuition reimbursement


For ATTI - Ace Trades and Technical School 

  1. Contact Andrea directly for spots for L1 and L2 in 2019. L3 and L4 is offered at ATTI starting March 2020. 

  2. Complete the ATTI Registration form (Andrea will email it to you) 

  3. Send Andrea the completed form and wait for class confirmation. 

*NEL has exclusive spots in all classes offered at ATTI. Only with ATTI will Andrea apply on your behalf!

Other Schools:

  1. Search for course dates at your desired school

  2. Email/call Andrea and ask her to approve the date you have chosen

  3. If approved, sign up using whichever method that school requires

  4. Send your confirmation to Andrea at

  5. Begin the process of applying for EI (see below)

  6. Three months after working for NEL again (after you complete schooling), send your receipt to payroll at for half the tuition reimbursement


Applying for EI (income support)

Step 1: 

  • Four to six weeks before your class starts, apply for the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) Apprentice Program Financial Supports online through the WorkBC website.

Step 2: 

  • Apprentices then must apply through Service Canada for Employment Insurance (EI).

  • You can only apply a maximum of one week prior to your start of class, or your last day of work, whichever is closer to your start date.

  • Payroll will submit your ROE (Record of Employment) electronically to Service Canada within two business days of your last day before school

  • To collect EI Benefits you must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by Service Canada - i.e. insurable employment. Please contact Service Canada directly to determine what your specific requirements are.

Canada Apprentice Loan

The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada. Apprentices can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. For more information or to apply, visit Government of Canada - Canada Apprentice Loan.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year. It is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year or level of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information, please visit Service Canada - Apprenticeship Grants.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant

The Apprentice Completion Grant is a taxable cash grant of $2000 for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification. For more information, please visit Service Canada - Apprenticeship Grants.


Night / Online Courses


ATTI Community College offers Level 1 and Level 2 evening and correspondence classes for individuals who want to continue working full time while going to school. 


Check out the ATTI Community College website for more details. 

Sprott Shaw also occasionally holds evening classes. Check their website for more details. 


Apprentice Hours

NEL keeps track of employee hours every month, however, we only submit hours to the ITA once every 3 months. You can check your hours by logging into the ITA website, or for a more up to date total, call Imelda at the office. 


We monitor your hours, and if you surpass a pay threshold based on hours, and you qualify to move into the next pay grade (given that you have the next level of schooling, or you have booked the next level of schooling), then we will bump your pay for the next pay period- no need to let us know.


Please be aware that since hours are monitored monthly and not every pay period, there may be a delay in receiving your pay raise. If your foreman does not believe that you are ready to move on to the next pay grade, he will have a discussion with you about your performance and a performance plan will be set up outlining what you need to do to earn the bump.

Please also note that this scale is developed and run by NEL and is not mandated or advised by any other organization or establishment, such as the ITA. NEL has developed this system as a guideline and as a way to maintain apprentice wages. It is completely to our discretion should we choose to revise our remove it. 


FYI: NEL sponsors you under ITA after  you pass probation. If you booked school prior to being hired, please let Andrea know!


Contact: Andrea Szeto 

Role: Human Resources Generalist at NEL 


Head Office Ph#: 604-275-0500

FYI: Tool Allowance!

Gift cards are dispensed twice a year in April and October. 

  • Calculated based on amount you worked in each 6 month period.

  • Choice between Mark's Work Wearhouse or Home Depot 

  • Choices are recorded by your site Foreman and ordered by Andrea. Your cards will be handed out by your Foreman once they have been received at Head Office. 

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