In Ontario, there are many recognized skilled trades with apprenticeship programs, each with diverse job opportunities and career paths.
Graduates of registered apprenticeship programs are in high demand. An apprenticeship can offer a promising future in a secure, well-paid and rewarding career.
There are several pathways to an apprenticeship. You’ll learn a lot about your future career through an apprenticeship.
How you prepare for an apprenticeship depends on your situation.
Students who are interested in the trades can start preparing for an apprenticeship in high school by taking trades-related courses or enrolling in job skills programs such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program or the Specialist High Skills Major Program.
Different organizations across Ontario, such as colleges or community agencies, offer pre-apprenticeship training programs. These free training programs help you develop the skills and experience to get an apprenticeship.
To start an apprenticeship:
If you become an apprentice in a compulsory trade, except when enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, your name will automatically appear on the Skilled Trades Ontario Public Register. Apprentices do not pay any fees to Skilled Trades Ontario.
Learn more about careers in the skilled trades and find out if apprenticeship might be right for you. Find apprenticeship facts and training requirements for each trade on our website.
Contact your local apprenticeship office if you have questions about your Registered Training Agreement, on-the-job hours, training and sponsor.
Visit our Trades Information page for more details on training and curriculum standards.