Apprenticeship provides individuals with the opportunity to learn a skilled trade through on-the-job training under the direction of a qualified tradesperson, combined with classroom instruction at the post-secondary level or Union approved training facility to prepare an individual for a job in the skilled trades.

There are currently over 140 apprenticeable trades in Ontario in four sectors:

How to Become an Apprentice

  • Meet with an Employment Advisor to discuss your employment goals and decide what trade you want to pursue
  • Work with your Employment Advisor to find and connect with local employers who are offering apprenticeship opportunities
  • Once an employer agrees to register you as an apprentice, submit your training agreement with the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development
  • Apply for membership with the Ontario College of Trades within 90 days of filing your registration paperwork
  • Earn while you learn

Financial Incentives for Apprentices

If you require academic upgrading to meet the requirements for apprenticeship training in your chosen trade, you may be eligible for a $1000 Apprenticeship Scholarship.

How it works:

1. Participant receives $500 when they register for upgrading.

2. Participant receives another $500 when they successfully complete their academic upgrading, is hired and registered as an apprentice.

Apprenticeship Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be unable to meet the academic requirements for the trade in which you wish to register as an apprentice
  • Be committed to meeting the necessary academic requirements for your chosen apprenticeship program within one year
  • Demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades/apprenticeship

This Employment Ontario service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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