Once you have decided to pursue an apprenticeship there are a few easy steps to follow!
1. Do you qualify?
To be an apprentice in Ontario you must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Be legally able to work in Canada
- Meet the educational requirements for your chosen trade (the requirements can vary)
- Have a sponsor in Ontario
2. How to find an employer or sponsor?
The employer/sponsor will provide you with the actual on-the-job apprenticeship training. This can be a single employer, individual or a group of employers. Typically, sponsors can be a contractor, a union, a local business, etc.)
If you are a high school student, you can meet with your guidance counsellor about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. You can even explore Specialist High Skills Major offerings or the Dual Credit programs offered locally which can both lead you in the right direction.
For those out of high school you have many options including – local College’s, online job banks, Employment Ontario offices, unions or trade organizations, local companies and even your own network
3. How to apply?
The process is slightly different depending on your age.
If you are 18 years old or older you can apply directly online in Ontario – https://www.eoss.tcu.gov.on.ca/AOL/training/prerequirements
If you are 16 to 17 years old you must complete a paper application which must be signed by you, your parent or guardian, as well as your sponsor. The application must be mailed or submitted in person to your closest Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Training Office – http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=1&ENV=WWE&TIT=application+for+apprenticeship+training&NO=022-12-1661E
4. Next you must sign a training agreement
Once you have been approved through the ministry you will create a training agreement with your sponsor and have the signed agreement approved.
5. Time to register with the Ontario College of Trades
You will have 90 days to apply for your membership with the Ontario College of Trades. You must be a member of the College in order to work as an apprenticeship.
These 5 easy steps will have you on your way to kick start your future!