This program is excellent for hands-on learners as 80-90% of learning is on the job, only 10-20% is classroom learning. There are more than 140 designated apprenticeships in Ontario in four (4) sectors – Construction, Industrial, Motive Power, Service.
Apprentices enter into an agreement with an employer, also known as a Sponsor, to work for and be trained by that employer. Apprenticeships generally take anywhere from one to five years to complete, depending on the occupation. An apprentice can have more than one employer over the course of their training, and it is possible to start logging hours towards an apprenticeship while still in high school.
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program lets you start your training while still in High School, you can gain essential skills and earn hours to put towards your apprenticeship.
In addition to government grants and loans, you can also apply for Employment Insurance while completing your in-school training.
For women and other underrepresented groups, there may be additional opportunities and incentives.
Red Seal trades allow for the option to write an inter-provincial exam which, if successful, will provide a Red Seal Endorsement that allows this individual to work anywhere within Canada.
The future is looking bright for skilled trades occupations due to an ongoing shortage of workers.
Pre-apprenticeships are free training programs for individuals who need to build skills and experience prior to starting an apprenticeship.
Many skilled trades occupations pay above average wages. There may also be opportunities for self-employment which can be a great fit for individuals with an entrepreneurial skills.