Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program helps potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as apprentices. Programs are up to 52 weeks in duration and may include the Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training or relevant apprenticeship training, relevant safety training and an 8 to 12 week work placement. Programs may also include trade readiness, employment preparation and academic upgrading.

There is no cost to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program. In addition, costs for text books, safety equipment and tools are included.

Who can participate?

The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is open to a wide range of clients including:

  • High School graduates
  • Early school leavers
  • Unemployed/underemployed youth and adults
  • EI/Non-EI Eligible
  • Aboriginal peoples
  • Newcomers to Canada

Note: Certain eligibility criteria may apply to specific programs.

How can I access the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program?

Pre-Apprenticeship programs are offered by different organizations, such as colleges, approved apprenticeship deliverers, community agencies, at various times throughout the year. Individuals interested in participating in a Pre-Apprenticeship Program can apply directly to the organizations providing the training. To find out about local program offerings, individuals can contact the Ministry.

For more information

Call the toll-free Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656, TTY (telephone service for the deaf) 1-866-533-6339 for the phone number and location of the apprenticeship office in your area. Newcomers to Ontario can ask for this information in the language of their choice.