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How to Fund Your Drywall Taper Training

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How to Fund Your Drywall Taper Training

Changing careers or entering the workforce for the first time can involve a lot of work, and that’s before you even get a job. Between paperwork, picking up your tools, and arranging your schedule to accommodate your classes, you have a lot to do before you get started in your classes. The good news? You can get some help with paying for your training and apprenticeship. Read on to find out about grants that can help fund your drywall taper training!

What types of grants and funding are available for drywall tapers?

There are a number of grants available for people completing drywall taper training, each of which can be used to cover different parts of the process. Listed below are some of the applicable grants.

  • The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) offers $1000 per year to a maximum of $2000, for each year of apprenticeship training completed.
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) offers up to $2000 upon completion of your apprenticeship.
  • A $400 interest free loan is available to help you cover the initial costs of your tools.
  • The Canada Apprentice Loan offers up to $4000 in interest free loans to support in covering the cost of tuition, tools, and other expenses while you are attending your in-school training.

Who is eligible for funding?

Drywall Tapers are Red Seal apprentices, so they are eligible for all of the funding listed above. For both grants listed above, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person. You cannot be a high school student, and you need to have the proper supporting documents and registration paperwork completed.

For the loans listed above, you also need to have completed a credit check and you can’t be receiving a Canadian Student Loan for the same training.

Where do I apply for funding?

You can apply for the funding through the Government of Canada, and applications can be completed online or by mail. To access applications and for more information about eligibility for the AIG and ACG, you can visit this website. To learn more about the loans available to help fund your training, you can visit this website.

If you have other questions about applying to fund your training as a drywall taper, please reach out to IUPAT. We can also provide information to our members about funding available for employers who may be interested in hiring an apprentice.

Contact us for more information today, and a union representative will get back to you shortly.