An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers.

Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training. Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career. Jobs in the skilled trades pay well, and are interesting and challenging. Plus, you earn while you learn!

How can Community Employment Services help you?

  • Assist you in identifying your career or study goals.
  • Provide information to on you education requirements.
  • Assist you with your search for an employer.
  • Assist you with registering as an apprentice.
  • Monitor your success on the job.

Apprenticeships begin with an employer.

To become an apprentice, you must first find an employer or sponsor who is willing to train you and engage in apprenticeship training.

Good sources are job search agencies, temporary employment agencies, websites (trade sectors, associations, unions), job banks, and general networking (family, friends, etc.) are the best ways to seek out employer sponsors. Government agencies such as Service Canada can be a good resource. College placement officers have access to quite a number of contacts and resources that can be helpful. Try, Job Futures Canada and Job Futures Ontario.

Financial assistance may be available. Applicants may qualify for grants and loans.

Learn more about apprenticeship opportunities.

Visit Niagara College’s Apprenticeship website for information about becoming an apprentice, certification, employer incentives, as well as a list of apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships that Niagara College offers on behalf of the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Learn more about apprenticeships