The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program helps potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as an apprentice.


Trades Most in Demand in Ontario

The following employment prospect statistics are from Employment and Social Development's Canada Job Bank (2016-2018 forecasts) and current Ontario College of Trades membership data.

The top 5 trades with "good" employment prospects and high number of journeyperson certificates across Ontario are:

1. Refrigeration amd Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic

2. Motorcycle Technician

3. Residential (low rise) Sheet Metal Installer

4. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

5. Powerline Technician

Information provided by David Tsubouchi CEO Ontario College of Trades



Pre-Apprenticeship Training 

A Pre-Apprenticeship Training is used if you are interested in working in a trade but don't have the skills or experience to get a job as an apprentice. Training can go up to 52 weeks and starts at different times through the year. It is free, costs for textbooks, safety equipment and tools are all covered.

You can receive safety training for skilled trades, training to improve academic skills and basic level apprenticeship in-school training as well as a work placement for 8-12 weeks.

How to qualify: There are programs for youth or adults who: Graduated from high school, left before graduating from high school, are unemployed or underemployed and are indigenous, newcomers to Canada, women, francophone or youth-at-risk.

The need for skilled workers continues to grow however proper training is necessary to put yourself in demand for this industry. With that pre-apprenticeship training has quickly become the necessary link between skilled trade's employers and those interested in pursuing an apprenticeship.

Successful pre-apprentices are given the opportunity of gaining the necessary skill-set experience and valuable hands-on training that ensures any contracting professional is equipped with the right people who have the right skills.

After completing a pre-trade program, graduates are eligible to assume entry-level positions or begin apprenticeships in a skilled trade. Most ofter graduates continue their education in the skilled trades program of their choice. 

There are 55 pre-trade programs available at Ontario Colleges.



*Information provided by the Government of Ontario


Apprenticeship Training

As an apprentice, you learn a skilled trade on the job, your work under the direction of experienced workers while getting paid. You also learn in a classroom, from instructors who know the trade. One may do this part of the apprenticeship on a college campus or a union training centre. For most trades, you work for a year then switch to studying in class for 8 to 12 weeks, either part time or full time. It takes between 2 and 5 years to complete an apprenticeship. 

In order to qualify for a apprenticeship, first you must be: at least 16 years of age, have legal permission to work in Canada, meet the educational requirements for your chosen trade and have a sponsor in Ontario. Most sponsors are employers who will hire, train and pay you during your apprenticeship. Sponsors can also be unions or trade associates.

There are more than 150 trades to train in as an apprentice, click here to view the list of trades.



*Information provided by the Government of Ontario