There are more than 130 skilled occupations that can be practiced through Ontario’s apprenticeship training system. Chefs, educational assistants, plumbers, auto mechanics and welders are all trades that can be defined as “skilled trades,” and represent occupations that are integral to the functioning of Ontario’s economy.
Becoming an apprentice is the best way to begin on a promising career path. Skilled workers are in high demand by a variety of industries such as construction, electrical engineering, or becoming a chef.
Apprentices learn a skilled occupation by combining in-school training courses with paid on-the-job training. About 90 per cent of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by an employer, while the remainder involves in-school instruction at a training institution like Confederation College.
Three Ways to Become an Apprentice:
- Find an employer who is willing to offer training.
- Enroll in a pre-apprenticeship program like the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) through a secondary school; or
- Contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Branch through their Thunder Bay, Ontario office at (807) 346-1550.
People who want to become apprentices usually apply directly to employers, unions or joint apprenticeship training committees for the trade they are interested in.
Apprenticeship Programs offered at Confederation College:
- Automotive Service Technician
- Electrical Construction and Maintenance
- General Carpenter
- Instrumentation Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship
- Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
- Industrial Mechanic Millwright
- Truck and Coach Technician