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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is hands-on training for people who enjoy learning by doing. The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgement and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with your level of skill. On-the-job training takes place under a licensed individual referred to as a journeyperson. Sometimes, classroom training takes place at certain points throughout the apprenticeship period. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities can arrange the classroom training through a certified community college. Currently there is no tuition cost to the apprentice for the classroom training. However, the apprentice is responsible for living expenses and the cost of books during the course.    

About 90 per cent of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers or sponsors who provide training to standards of skill and safety set by industry.

To become an apprentice, you must find an employer who is willing to provide a position for you. Such jobs are rarely advertised, and, instead, employers often rely on word of mouth to attract applicants. People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to an employer, union, or local apprenticing committee.

After being hired, many apprentices will, because of their skills, be asked to train new apprentices, or will find opportunities to manage operations, start their own businesses, or use their experience as a base for technological or engineering studies at a college or university.

What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school-to-work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in grade 11 or 12 through the Co-op program. Please see a guidance counsellor for further details.

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