Most drilling rig companies have programs in place to help apprentices with the costs associated with their training. 

Additional funding is available:

CAODC Scholarship

$2000

Applications are posted to CAODC’s Scholarship page each May.

 

Service Canada's Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

$1000 for Apprentices and $2000 for New Journeymen 

DEADLINES: 
If you complete a period of apprenticeship in 2013, you have until June 30, 2014 to apply for the AIG or the ACG.
If you complete a period of apprenticeship in 2014, you have until June 30, 2015 to apply for the AIG or the ACG.

The grant does not involve a selection process.  If you're eligible and apply, you get the grant!

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION:
These Service Canada links explain what is needed to apply:
Apprentices: AIG Application form and required supporting documents
Journeymen: ACG Application form and required supporting documents

 

Alberta Apprentices: Check out the 'AIT Family of Scholarships'

The AIT Family of Scholarships includes over 300 scholarships. Some of these scholarships are trade specific, but others are open to individuals from any trade.

One application is all you need to enter the competition for all the scholarships you are eligible for.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2013.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in Nov.

NOTE: to be eligible for the AIT Family of Scholarships, an apprentice must attend technical training in the next training period.

Application forms posted to: http://www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca/.