An apprenticeship is a system for training a new generation of skilled tradespeople with on-the-job training.
An apprentice is a person who learns from experienced employers and has agreed to work for a fixed period of time and attend school. Therefore, the goal of an apprenticeship is to become an Ontario-qualified tradesperson. To be a qualified tradesperson, you must complete your apprenticeship training in a skilled trade and obtain a Certificate of Qualification.
Your apprenticeship is the ticket to finding high-demand, above-average income careers with various paths and growth for the future. Therefore, Ontario has many training programs to choose from, including Red Seal trades that qualify for work anywhere in Canada.
Pre-apprenticeship programs provide training in specific trades and help prepare students in high school for their apprenticeship in the future. Moreover, these programs are used for upgrading academics for candidates who did not complete a Grade 12 education or equivalent. However, Grade 12 is the academic entry level for most trades.
The pre-apprenticeship training programs help those interested in the apprenticeship system develop fundamental skills and trades readiness, preparing them to find work as an apprentice and ultimately build a career in the skilled trades.