Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgement and creativity. There are over 144 trades to choose from in Ontario in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and service. Trades in Ontario have different requirements depending on whether they are compulsory trades or non-compulsory trades.
As an apprentice, you learn a skilled trade on the job. You work with and learn from experienced workers and get paid while you do it. 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 center. For most trades, you work for a year and then switch to studying in class for eight to 12 weeks, either full or part-time. It takes between two to five years to complete an apprenticeship.
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development administers apprenticeship programs in Ontario.Learn more