Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary

The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) is pleased to offer a Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary of $500 for students who have completed our Trades Careers program (formerly Trades and Climate Change program) and are pursuing their career in trades. This bursary is open to students who attended our Trades Careers program which launched in Lethbridge, Calgary and Edmonton in 2018.

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.

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.

Bursary Criteria:

  • Must have completed one of the TEPF high school Trades Careers education courses
  • Must be registered as an Alberta trade apprentice
  • Registered in a secondary school such as SAIT, NAIT etc. for apprenticeship level (i.e. first year, second year, etc.) education
  • Must apply by filling out the TEPF on-line form and submit or print the application, fill out and send to:
    The Educational Partnership Foundation
    404, 602 – 11 Ave SW
    Calgary AB T2R 1J8 Attention: Cleo Howe
  • First time grant applicants will be required to write a 150 word paragraph on what the Trades Careers program meant to them. Thereafter applicants will be required to write 150 words about how they are doing in their trade career.
  • The bursary is designed to support three to four years of apprenticeship eduction. Students that change midstream into a different trade will still be eligible for up to only 4 bursaries (total $2000)

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.

Apply for the Trades Careers Apprenticeship Bursary