In Ontario, there are more than 140 skilled trades to choose from in key industries including mechanical, electrical, automotive, manufacturing, building and service. Many recognized trades in Ontario have apprenticeship programs.
Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgement and creativity. As an apprentice, you learn a skilled trade on the job – and get paid while you do it.
You learn from experienced workers and get hands-on experience in the field. You also learn in a classroom from instructors who know the trade. This may take place on a college campus or in a union training centre.
For most trades, you work for a year then switch to studying in class for 8 to 12 weeks, either full or part-time. It takes between 2 to 5 years to complete an apprenticeship.
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development administers apprenticeship programs in Ontario.