Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary

The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) is pleased to offer a Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary for students who have completed our Trades Careers program and are pursuing their career in trades. 

Trades Careers Bursary Student Criteria:
– Completed one of TEPF’s Trades Careers courses
– Currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary (college) or institution in any of the recognized trades, in any province across Canada*
– Submit 250 words on the applicant’s program and trades experience (included in application form)
*Applicants must provide proof of enrollment in their application

The goal of the Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary is to support and remove barriers for Trades Careers students who are on their path to becoming a certified journeyperson. This bursary is available to students for each level of apprenticeship education, to a maximum of four bursaries (total of $2000). The $500 bursary can be used to pay for living, education and work-related expenses such as rent, bills, groceries, gas, books, tools, boots, safety gear, etc. while in school for apprenticeship education.

Congratulations to our 2021 and 2022 Trades Careers bursary recipients Trey, Andrew, Tanner, and Adale.

The number of bursaries available each year may fluctuate, and applications will be accepted from January to December. A notification will be posted on this site if bursaries are fully awarded.

The Derald Fretts Memorial Bursary

The Derald Fretts Memorial Bursary of $500 yearly has been set up to honour Derald’s love, passion and commitment to students, education and the Alberta community.

Derald had an illustrious 32-year teaching career starting at Crescent Heights High School (1973-1991), followed by Ernest Manning High School (1991-1997). In 1995 he was a Finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. He finished his career with the Calgary Board of Education in the downtown office as the Coordinator of Corporate Partnerships (1997-2005), and in 1997 he was the recipient of the Mayor’s Excellence Award for “excellence in the promotion of Partnerships”.

We are very excited to be able to honour Derald’s memory as a well-loved Calgary teacher and continue to support his legacy of inspiring and elevating students’ success. One bursary will be awarded annually.

Congratulations Cody K. of Calgary who was the recipient of the 2020 Derald Fretts Memorial Bursary.

Watch Brandon's Story

Brandon was not thriving in High School until he was introduced tp TEPF’s Trades Careers program. In partnership with Building Trades of Alberta, Workforce Development Trust and the Alberta Government, this program takes students off-site to first class training facilities where they are taught by Red Seal Journeymen.