In Ontario, there are many recognized skilled trades with apprenticeship programs, each with diverse job opportunities and career paths.

Graduates of registered apprenticeship programs are in high demand. An apprenticeship can offer a promising future in a secure, well-paid and rewarding career.

Prepare for an apprenticeship

There are several pathways to an apprenticeship. You’ll learn a lot about your future career through an apprenticeship.

How you prepare for an apprenticeship depends on your situation.

If you are a high school student

Students who are interested in the trades can start preparing for an apprenticeship in high school by taking trades-related courses or enrolling in job skills programs such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program or the Specialist High Skills Major Program.

Learn more about the different job skills programs in Ontario.

If you are not in high school

Different organizations across Ontario, such as colleges or community agencies, offer pre-apprenticeship training programs. These free training programs help you develop the skills and experience to get an apprenticeship.

Learn more about pre-apprenticeship training.

Start an apprenticeship

To start an apprenticeship:

  1. Find out if you qualify. The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development provides information and services to help you determine if you qualify for an apprenticeship program.
  2. Find a sponsor or employer. There are many resources to help you find sponsors and employers who will provide you with apprenticeship training.
  3. Apply for an apprenticeship. If you are 18 years or older, you can apply through the Skilled Trades Ontario Portal, or by submitting a paper application to your local apprenticeship office. If you are 16 to 17 years old, you must submit a paper application.
  4. Sign a training agreement with your sponsor. If your application is approved, the Ministry will contact you and your sponsor to sign a Registered Training Agreement.

If you become an apprentice in a compulsory trade, except when enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, your name will automatically appear on the Skilled Trades Ontario Public Register. Apprentices do not pay any fees to Skilled Trades Ontario.

Explore resources

Learn more about careers in the skilled trades and find out if apprenticeship might be right for you. Find apprenticeship facts and training requirements for each trade on our website.


Contact your local apprenticeship office if you have questions about your Registered Training Agreement, on-the-job hours, training and sponsor.

Visit our Trades Information page for more details on training and curriculum standards.