Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship training is an agreement between a person wishing to learn a skill and an employer who can provide the environment for skills training. It is administered in Ontario by the Apprenticeship Client Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

In today’s industry, there is a great demand for qualified individuals in a wide variety of occupations. In order to survive in the global market, industry must continue to meet the challenges offered by today’s technology. Therefore, highly-skilled individuals or journeypersons with a combination of on-the-job training and in-school education obtained through apprenticeship programs are required to meet these challenges.

There are four sectors of Trade: Construction, Industrial, Motive Power and Service.

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What are the steps to apprenticeship?




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  • What does the education for an apprenticeship look like?

    On-The-Job Training: The apprentice learns the appropriate skills of the trade while working with and under the supervision of a qualified journeyperson

    In-School Training: The apprentice learns the theory which supports all phases of the trade and relates this theory to practical projects that simulate typical work assignments

  • What is the difference between compulsory and voluntary trades?

    Compulsory Trades are trades in which registration as an apprentice, journeyperson candidate or certification as a journeyperson by theĀ Ontario College of Trades is mandatory.

    Voluntary Trades are trades in which certification and Ontario College of Trades membership are not legally required to practice the trade.

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