What is an apprenticeship?

Photo of apprenticeship studentApprenticeship is one of the ways to open the door to employment. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson and classroom training at a training establishment.

About 80% of an apprentice's training takes place on the job.

The other 20% involves technical training usually provided at, or through a post-secondary training institution such as Fanshawe College or at a union-approved training facility.

The apprentice

What's in it for me?

  • An opportunity to learn and build skills;
  • Certification in a trade, many of which are in very high demand;
  • Flexible schedule for work and training;
  • An opportunity to earn while you learn.

What do I need to get started?

  • Age 16+
  • For the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) - Minimum grade 10 and still in high school;
  • For most other apprenticeships - grade 12 diploma or equivalent or previous registration as an apprentice in any trade;
  • The right attitude/passion for your chosen career/trade;
  • A demonstrated interest in the field.

The employer

What's in it for me?

  • Access to motivated applicants;
  • Resumé screening services tailored to employers hiring preferences;
  • Assistance arranging staffing interviews;
  • Monitored work placements;
  • Wage subsidy to offset training costs.

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