Understanding Apprenticeship

Understanding Apprenticeship

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.  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.

This section looks at:

Apprenticeship pathways

Co-Op Diploma Apprenticeship Programs – Co-Op Diploma Apprenticeship programs allow you to get apprenticeship training while earning a college diploma.

Employment Ontario – Work in the trades – Employment Ontario has services right across Ontario that can help you become an apprentice.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) – OYAP allows high school students to learn about apprenticeship training and have an opportunity to begin apprenticeship training while they are still in high school.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program – This program helps unemployed individuals upgrade and develop the job skills which can lead to an apprenticeship.

Trade certification in Ontario

Ontario College of Trades – Find out which trades require certification in Ontario from the Ontario College of Trades.

Grants and other financial help

Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus – A taxable $1000 maximum cash grant to Employers for each apprentice they hire and train that has completed his or her apprenticeship and received a Certificate of Apprenticeship and, where applicable, a Certificate of Qualification.

Apprenticeship Completion Bonus in Non-Red Seal Trades – A taxable cash grant of $2,000 available to registered apprentices after they successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their Certificate of Apprenticeship and, where available, their Certificate of Qualification in any Ontario non-Red Seal trade, on or after April 1, 2009.

Apprenticeship Scholarship – You may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for your training.

Co-Op Diploma Apprenticeship Programs – Allows students to get apprenticeship training while earning a college diploma.

Loans for tools – The Loans for Tools program can help you buy the equipment you need to get started to work in your new trade.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) – Allows students to begin their apprenticeship training while they are still in high school.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program – Helps students develop the job skills they will need before beginning an apprenticeship.

Support to Non-Employment Insurance Eligible Apprentices During In-School Training – This initiative will provide up to $1,500 of taxable financial supports for apprentices who are not eligible for federal Employment Insurance (EI) who attend full time in-school training at a Delivery Agency approved by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.

Service Canada – The federal government’s Apprenticeship Incentive Grant(AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year for registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades. The AIG is meant to encourage apprentices to complete their apprenticeship program and achieve their Red Seal by helping them cover some of their expenses for tuition, travel and tools.

Ottawa programs and services

Power of Trades – Pre-employment bridge-training program designed to help internationally-trained tradespeople and immigrants access jobs and pathways to Ontario certification in skilled trades.

Other resources & tools

Apprenticesearch: Apprenticeship information – Information to help employment counselors working with clients interested in apprenticeships.

Power of Trades: List of Apprenticeable trades – Quick reference list of apprenticeable trades chart that reflects recent changes brought on by the implementation of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

What is an Apprentice? The ROI On Apprenticeship – Rogers TV video with information about what it means to be an apprentice.