Apprenticeship is a program for people wanting to work in the skilled trades. Apprentices learn by doing. Most of the training is done on the job, with several short in-school components. Apprentices work towards becoming qualified tradespersons, or what are referred to as journeypersons. Some of the benefits of apprenticeship are:
- You get paid while you are being trained
- Once you are finished, you'll receive an excellent pay rate
- You will have the satisfaction of seeing what you've accomplished
Students can start apprenticeship programs while attending high school by participating in our Cooperative Education program. Their co-op teacher can assist them with the process of registering with OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) if they have a co-op placement in the trades.
Another way to pursue an apprenticeship is to look at individual college websites or visit www.ontariocolleges.ca. Click on FIND a program, then type in 'apprenticeship' in the 'search by key word' box.
A third way to start an apprenticeship is to go to the website www.edu.gov.on.ca, and click on Employment Ontario. There is a wealth of information on apprenticeships and what to do to get started on one. On this site, you can contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities with any questions you may have.
Information on apprenticeships can also be found at www.apprenticeshipsearch.com. As well, visit www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/apprenticeship/loantool.html to find out about government loans that are available to purchase tools needed for certain trades.