An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training.
Apprentices are workers, so you will need to find an employer who will train you. Employment Ontario can help you with your job search and there are online tools including the Ontario Job Bank. If you’ve found an employer to sponsor your training, you can apply online to start your registration. Apprentices must be members of the Ontario College of Trades.
Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career. Jobs in the skilled trades pay well, and are interesting and challenging. Plus, you earn while you learn.
There are hundreds of trades to choose from. Some require you to take an exam once your training is complete. Training in what are known as Red Seal Trades allows you to work in other provinces and territories.
Apprentices become skilled workers once they have acquired the knowledge and skills in a trade or occupation and are certified by a provincial or territorial authority.