Now is a great time to consider a skilled trades career

One of the best ways into a career in the trades is through pre-apprenticeship training. These free training programs offer both practical and technical training and provide participants with the skills required to begin their apprenticeship journey. Pre-apprenticeship programs include academic upgrading, safety training, trade-readiness instruction, job development coaching, essential workplace skills training as well as paid work placements. Successful participants receive Level 1 apprenticeship certification upon completion of their program. 


These programs are funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and are offered at no cost to qualifying participants. 


Employers interested in hosting a placement for any of the programs below can email

2024 Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Automotive Service Technician (310S)

The demand for skilled automotive service technicians has never been higher. In only 24 weeks, you can be on your way to an automotive apprenticeship with hands-on training and real-world experience! 

This program includes a blend of in-person and online training and is offered in two sessions: Summer/Fall and Fall/Winter (details below). Hand tools, personal protective equipment, and additional learning resources are provided. Qualifying participants may also be eligible for funding to offset certain expenses (travel, technology etc.).

A certificate of completion will be issued upon successful completion of all academic upgrading, Level 1 training requirements, safety certifications and the work placement.

Why Choose an Automotive Pre-Apprenticeship

  • 310S Level 1 Training: from workplace practices and engines to electrical and braking systems, participants spend 10 weeks learning technical theory and gaining hands-on experience.

  • Expert Instruction: learn from automotive instructors who bring years of industry expertise to the classroom, providing invaluable knowledge, insights and guidance.

  • Employment Opportunities: from dealerships to independent garages, participants are eligible for a 10-week paid work placement upon successful completion of the Level 1 training. Work placement hours and wages are at the discretion of the employer. 

  • Safety Certifications: participants complete industry-relevant safety certifications, including WHIMIS, First Aid and Lock Out/Tag Out as well job readiness workshops which can help boost credibility and employability in the automotive sector.
  • Flexible hybrid delivery: a combination of in-person (classroom and lab) and online study. Approximately 30 hours per week for 14 consecutive weeks (plus a 10-week paid work placement).

Session 1: Summer/Fall Daytime (full)

The summer session runs from June – September, 2024. 

In-person training will take place at Fanshawe’s London Campus during daytime hours (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Monday – Friday. 

A 10-week work placement will follow the training and run from September – November.


Please note: the summer session is now at capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

Session 2: Fall/Winter Afternoons

The fall session runs from September, 2024 – January, 2025. 

In-person training will take place at Fanshawe’s London Campus during afternoon hours (2:30 – 9 p.m.), Monday – Friday. 

A 10-week work placement will follow the training and run from January – March.


Limited spaces available. Submit your application today!

Eligibility and Registration

To be considered for pre-apprenticeship programs, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and legally entitled to work in Ontario.

  • Have an Ontario secondary school diploma (OSSD) or grade 12 equivalent.

  • Be able to provide proof of identification, SIN and education.

  • Be able to commit to a full-time, 14-week training program plus a 10-week work placement.

  • Have access to a computer and internet.

Please complete the Automotive Service Technician Pre-Apprenticeship application form using the button below. A CTS team member will contact you to confirm your eligibility and discuss next steps.


Click here to complete your application


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