Apprenticeship Network

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Serving employers, youth & job seekers in the cities, towns and counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a model of learning where:

  • Most of the training (80-90%) is done workplace based, under the direction of a qualified person, and
  • Classroom training (10%-20%) done mainly at community colleges in Ontario, provides the theory to support the practical workplace based training

Successful completion of both components, along with examinations, is required to earn a certificate or ticket, and become a certified tradesperson. In school technical training typically ranges from 4 to 10 weeks per year depending on the trade and takes approximately four years on average to complete.

Who can become an apprentice?

An individual must:

  • be 16 years of age or older
  • have required education level
    • An Ontario Grade 12 diploma or equivalent for most trades in the industrial/manufacturing, service and motive power sectors.
    • A Grade 10 education is required for trades in the construction sector
  • provide proof of the required education.

The individual must meet all three requirements to participate in the program.


wheel diagram - benefits of apprenticeship.  See below for details

  • 1.

    Earn while you learn:

    Apprentices are workers, so they can earn while they learn the trade

  • 2.


    Achieving certification in a skilled trade means that you have achieved a measure of success and mastery in your chosen field. Your success is recognized and awarded not only by the dollars you earn, but also by the respect of your peers and your industry.

  • 3.

    Career Opportunities:

    Many of the people who work in the skilled trades can chose to relocate and work in any province in Canada and sometimes abroad. Some may start and run their own successful businesses.

  • 4.

    Skills You Can Build On:

    Often several trades within a given sector are closely related, and skills mastered in one trade can be applied to another.