As an apprentice, you learn a skilled trade on the job. You work with and learn from experienced workers, and get paid while you do it.
You also learn in a classroom from instructors who know the trade. This may take place on a college campus or in a union training centre.
For most trades, you work for a year and then switch to studying in class for eight to 12 weeks, either full or part-time. It takes between two to five years to complete an apprenticeship.
To qualify for an apprenticeship, you must:
- be at least 16 years of age
- have legal permission to work in Canada (for example, have a valid social insurance number)
- meet the educational requirements for your chosen trade
- have a sponsor in Ontario
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