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Begin an Apprenticeship

An 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.  Students can start in an apprenticeship program while attending high school by participating in the school’s Co-op Program and registering with OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) if they have a co-op placement in the trades.  Their co-op teacher can assist them with the process of registering with OYAP.


Students can also look at college websites (www.myblueprint.ca, www.ontariocolleges.ca) to learn which colleges offer apprenticeship programs.


The Ontario Government also provides information regarding pursuing an apprenticeship at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training/.


As well, visit http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training/financial.html to find out about government loans that are available to purchase tools needed for certain trades.



Suggested Resources


​​Apprentice Search
This website has information on apprenticeships, as well as opportunities for apprenticeship training and jobs.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.
My Blueprint Planner

My Blueprint is a customizable, interactive education planning tool that provides students the ability to make the most informed decisions about their education.

Ontario Colleges
Provides students with program information and is used to apply to programs.



Employment Ontario
An Ontario government website aimed at assisting people become an apprentice.

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