Apprenticeship Pathway

What is an apprenticeship?

  • A combination of on-the-job- training and classroom instruction.
  • 80-90 % of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace.
  • 10-20 % involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college, or provided through another approved training organization.
  • Length of the apprenticeship varies depending on the trade.

Why choose the skilled trades?

  • Advances in technology are changing the nature of work in the trades. Changing technologies are also creating more new jobs every year.
  • Canada is going to have a dramatic demand for people with excellent technical skills training in the skilled trades and technologies.
  • Many tradespeople today will be retiring in the next ten years, leading to a shortage of skilled employees.
  • Skilled tradespeople earn higher than average incomes.
  • Many skilled tradespeople own their own businesses.
  • 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies in the next two decades.

What trades are available?

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Click here for labour market information from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) enables students who are 16 years of age or older to try an apprenticeable trade while in a high school cooperative education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

How can I get more information?

Talk to your school guidance counsellor and visit these important sites:


Apprentice Search

Employment Ontario Training – Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities