Internships vs. apprenticeships: What’s the difference?

Internships vs. apprenticeships: What’s the difference?

The two types of training allow you to gain hands-on experience in your profession, but they are quite different from each other. Here are some key differences you need to know:

What is an internship?

An internship is a limited period of work experience. In most cases, employers offer these programs to students or undergraduates. In an increasingly competitive educational environment, internships allow students to stand out in their professional field.

What is an apprenticeship?

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, apprenticeships aim 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.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Pre-apprenticeship programs provide training in specific trades and prepare high school students for apprenticeships in the future. Moreover, these programs are used for upgrading academics for candidates who did not complete a Grade 12 education or equivalent. 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.

In which industries are apprenticeships prevalent?

Among the many industries with apprenticeships, the following are the most common:

  • Trades and Construction
  • Culinary
  • Technology and Information Services

What is the difference between an internship and an apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship process is much longer than an internship – it might last only a few months compared to the years it takes to complete an apprenticeship. While internships are easier to access and provide a preview of a potential career path, apprenticeships give you hands-on training and employment experience in your chosen field. Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn and gain skills that will help you succeed in your career. Apprenticeships differ from internships in that they are ministry-funded programs. Those involved in the apprenticeship system must be registered with the government, including employers, sponsors, and apprentices.

Internships expose students to the workplace culture, whereas apprenticeships provide a solid foundation for career advancement.

Your apprenticeship is the ticket to finding high-demand, above-average income careers with various paths and growth for the future. Trades for Tomorrow is here to help simplify the apprenticeship process. In addition, as a sponsor group, we can help register and find a suitable employer to complete your apprenticeship program. Contact us to learn how we can help you start your apprenticeship journey.