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- There are more than 130 skilled occupations that can be practiced through Ontario's apprenticeship training system. Chefs, educational assistants and plumbers are all defined as "skilled trades," and represent occupations that are integral to the functioning of Ontario's economy.
- Becoming an apprentice is the best way to begin on a promising career path. Skilled workers are in high demand by all kinds of industry.
- Apprentices learn a skilled occupation by combining in-school training courses with paid on-the-job training. About 90 per cent of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by an employer, while the remainder involves in-school instruction at a training institution like Confederation College.
How long do apprenticeship training programs last?
Most apprenticeships last two to five years, with most time spent on a work site.
What are the apprentice entrance requirements?
In general, it is best to have a minimum of Grade 12 for most skilled occupations. Apprentices must be at least 16 years old.
How do I get started to become an apprentice?
There are three ways to become an apprentice:
- an applicant can find an employer who is willing to train
- enroll in a pre-apprenticeship program like the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) through their secondary school; or
- contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Branch
Thunder Bay, Ontario Office 807-346-1550
People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to employers, unions or joint apprenticeship training committees for the trade they are interested in.
How do I register?
Apprentices are registered by the regional office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Workplace Training Branch. Unless you are in a pre-apprenticeship program or a co-apprenticeship program, you cannot register for an apprenticeship at Confederation College. You or your future employer can call the regional office and ask one of the training consultants to visit your workplace. The consultant will make sure that you both understand what apprenticeship is all about.
How can I get more information on the "in-school component" of apprenticeship training?
Call the School of Engineering Technology and Trades at Confederation College 807-475-6384.
The following is a list of the Apprenticeship Programs offered at Confederation College:
- Automotive Service Technician
- General Carpenter
- Electrical Construction and Maintenance
- Industrial Electrician
- Instrumentation Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship ...
- Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
- Industrial Mechanic Millwright
- Truck and Coach Technician