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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a work-based training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade or occupation. Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgement and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skill. There are currently over 150 trades to choose from in Ontario in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and service. Apprenticeship is an equal form of post-secondary education.

Why choose an apprenticeship?
Earn While You Learn

Get an edge in competitive job markets

Learn & master skills in high demand

Your earning power is higher than that of unskilled workers

Pathway to Certificate of Qualification
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GET STARTED: Explore your options

Do your research about the trades you’re interested in. Find out about what you’ll be doing, your eligibility requirements, the work conditions, and how much you can expect to make.

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GET IN GEAR: Find your sponsor

Once you’ve found the trade you want to pursue, you’ll have to find an employer/sponsor to sign you on as an apprentice. There are lots of resources available through our hirewithconfidence.ca job board as well as Employment Ontario providers.

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GET GOING: Sign a Registered Training Agreement

You and your employer/sponsor need to sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) with the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development for you to be an apprentice.

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GET AHEAD: Become a Member

After signing your RTA, you’ll have 90 days to become a member of the College. You’ll need to submit an application form and pay the annual apprentice membership fee.

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GET WORKING: Complete your Training

Make sure to complete your required on-the-job and in-class hours set out in your Apprenticeship Training Standard provided by the College.

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GET SUPPORT: Apply for Grants & Loans for Apprentices

While you’re an apprentice, you may be eligible for federal or provincial grants and loans. There are also financial incentives your employer/sponsor.

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GET CERTIFIED: Get your C of Q

Some trades require a certification exam. The College has resources to help you prep. Check them out at collegeoftrades.ca.

Do you have a question about skilled trades and apprenticeship in Ontario?
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