Becoming an apprentice
Traditionally, an applicant is required to:
- Find an employer/sponsor who is willing to hire and provide apprenticeship training
- Contact the local MTCU Apprenticeship office or the College of Trades to begin the registration process.
- The ministry will assist individuals to register a training agreement, and support the employer in fulfilling the apprenticeship training requirements, including arranging in-school training.
- The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) will guide individuals to become members of the College. Membership applications are available on the OCOT website.
The Apprenticeship Timeline
Other Methods of Apprenticeship
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Young people, with the help of their Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) coordinator, register as apprentices while still in secondary school. These students complete a cooperative education placement in a skilled trade. They receive credit for the skills they develop and demonstrate to their employer during the apprenticeship. Some OYAP students can even receive credit for their Basic Level in-school training. A successful OYAP placement can lead to paid employment and continuation of an apprenticeship after graduation. Employers may be eligible for both wage subsidies and tax credits and should contact a local Employment Service office for further information about the subsidy. Interested students should speak with a guidance counsellor or cooperative education teacher at their secondary school.
Union or Industry Approved Training
Some unions or trade associations run their own training centres and hold Contracts of Apprenticeship with the apprentice, rather than the employer. Intake can be selective and may take place only at certain points in the calendar year.
Many of Ontario’s colleges of applied arts and technology offer diploma programs related to skilled trades. These programs require successful completion of secondary school and can take two or three years to complete. Many of the programs involve a hands-on paid workplace component. A college graduate with a diploma in a skilled trade may be successful in finding an employer willing to register him / her as an apprentice.
Coop Diploma Apprenticeship Programs
These programs were recently introduced by the Ontario government, allowing a student to pursue both a college diploma and an apprenticeship at the same time. Apprentices are assigned to employers during the program; successful placements can lead to a continuation of an apprenticeship after a diploma is awarded.
These programs provide training in a specific trade to help prepare for apprenticeship. They are less than 52 weeks in length. Organizations offering these programs often assist with job placement.
Private Career Colleges
These programs vary in time, length, expense and effectiveness in placing students in apprenticeships. Further information is available on the Service Ontario website.