Apprenticeship programs in Ontario are a skilled occupation training opportunity that blends on-the-job training and in-class instruction. There are 157 skilled occupations in which you can register as an apprentice with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in Ontario. These apprenticeship programs are in the motive power, industrial, construction and service sectors. Your apprenticeship program will begin with a registered training agreement with an employer/sponsor that qualifies to hire you. On average, apprentices will learn approximately 80 percent of their trade on the job and 20 percent at an approved college or training centre.
If you are a high school student, please inquire at your school’s guidance office about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
The majority of apprenticeship programs have a Grade 12 educational entrance requirement and the applicant must be 16 years of age or older to register. For specific trade requirements or Grade 12 equivalencies refer to the Ministry website at ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario or call the Ministry training hotline.
Ministry hotline 1-800-387-5656
Earn while you learn. You will receive a paycheque from your employer/sponsor for your on-the-job training. Minimal classroom and book fees apply to your in-class training. You may qualify for some incentive programs.