An apprentice (en Françis) is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers.

An apprentice is similar to an intern or an understudy. Examples of jobs in the trades include welders, roofers, hairstylists, early childhood educators, bakers and electricians.

Apprentices complete classroom instruction as a part of their training.

Apprentices usually practice 90% hands on and 10% theory. For some trades you need to take an exam after your training.

After you finish all parts of your training, you will be need to be certified to become what is called a “skilled worker” or a “journeyperson.”

There are two categories of trades: regulated or non-regulated. Regulated trades require certification, but non-regulated trades do not.

There are many financial incentives and grants (money) available to help you as you go through your apprenticeship.

Red Seal Trades (en Français) are trades that allow you to work in other provinces and territories.

If you want to be an apprentice you need an employer who will hire and train you. Employment Ontario / Emploi Ontario and the Ontario Job Bank / Guichet emplois can help you find an employer. Apprentices must be members of the Ontario College of Trades.

There are many different pathways for apprenticeship. If you have a child in high school, then they may have the option of starting their training while still in school. This program is called the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program or the Programme d’apprentissage pour les jeunes de l’Ontario .

For apprenticeships, some trades are called “compulsory trades.” This means that you have to be certified or be a registered apprentice. Other trades are “voluntary trades.” This means you do not have to have certification to work in voluntary trades.