Becoming an Apprentice

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Want to learn a new skill and get paid for doing it?

Employment Ontario can help.

Become an apprentice and learn a skilled trade on the job from experienced workers while you earn a salary!

Skilled workers are in high demand in many industries and the jobs pay well.

To become an apprentice, find an employer who is willing to hire and train you.

You can apply directly to an employer, union or local committee.

If you're a high school student, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program can help you start training to be an apprentice while completing high school.

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program can help students train as an apprentice while completing a related college course.

And the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program provides opportunities for people to learn trade-related skills essential to becoming an apprentice.

There are more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training ranging from auto mechanics to arborists; from chefs to welders.

It only costs $40 to register as an apprentice. It's free if you're in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

In-class instructions are about $400 for eight weeks, and $100 to write the Certification of Qualification exam.

The Loans for Tools program offers an interest free loan to help newly registered apprentices buy the tools and equipment needed to perform their trade.

And the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for corporations and unincorporated businesses employing apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 48 months of an apprenticeship program.

To learn more about becoming an apprentice visit www.ontario.ca/apprenticeship.