Become an Apprentice!

Supporting Apprentices

Skills Council of Canada plays a vital role in connecting job seekers and learners to apprenticeship opportunities and supporting them throughout the process, guiding them through each step of becoming an apprentice.

They provide resources and support for individuals, including information on job opportunities, training requirements, and skills development programs. To further connect job seekers and learners to apprenticeship opportunities, Skills Council of Canada partners with employers, government organizations, and educational institutions, creating a robust network that enables access to apprenticeship opportunities and connections to training programs, ensuring success for aspiring apprentices.

The following are the steps and how Skills Council of Canada supports those interested in joining the trades.

Steps to becoming an apprentice

To become an apprentice in Ontario, Canada, individuals need to follow several steps:

Choose a trade:

Research the various skilled trades available in Ontario to find the one that best aligns with your interests and career goals. To learn more about Trades in Ontario, CLICK HERE

Complete the required education:

Some trades require a high school diploma or a specific level of education. Make sure you meet these educational prerequisites before pursuing an apprenticeship. If you do not meet the required levels, Skills Council of Canada can help connect you to partners that would be able to support you.

Find an employer or sponsor:

You'll need to find an employer willing to hire you as an apprentice or a sponsor to oversee your apprenticeship training. Skills Council of Canada would work with you to search for potential employers through our online job boards, our partner local union offices, or through our apprenticeship training center.

Register the apprenticeship:

Once you have an employer or sponsor, you'll need to sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA). Your employer or sponsor will register with the apprenticeship with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD).

Complete on-the-job training:

As an apprentice, you'll work under the supervision of a skilled professional, gaining hands-on experience and practical skills.

Attend in-class training:

Alongside on-the-job training, you'll attend in-class technical training provided by Skills Council of Canada, offered through our Trades Training Institution. This training is usually organized in blocks, alternating between work and classroom learning.

Fulfill apprenticeship requirements:

Complete the required number of work and training hours as specified by your trade's regulations.

Take the Certificate of Qualification exam:

After completing your apprenticeship, you'll need to pass the trade-specific Certificate of Qualification exam to become a certified journeyperson in your trade. In some cases, you may also need to obtain a Red Seal endorsement for interprovincial recognition.