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
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.