- Individuals interested in apprenticeship training need to find a training sponsor or employer willing to engage in apprenticeship training. You must have your high school diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.
- Once arranged, contact apprenticeship staff at your local Employment Ontario office.
- An employment and training consultant will arrange a meeting at the workplace to assess the ability of the training sponsor or employer to train and assess the person, prepare the training agreement or contract, and initiate the training. Training agreements between apprentices and their training sponsor or employer are prepared by an Employment Ontario employment and training consultant. In accordance with legislation, each training agreement is an individualized contractor training plan between a person who wants to learn a skilled trade, and the training sponsor or employer.
- Once you have received your “Offer of Classroom Training Letter” from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, you must complete the registration process by contacting Niagara College’s Registrar’s Office.
Don’t have your high school diploma?
To become an apprentice you must first achieve your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Niagara College offers academic upgrading through the Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) program. Tuition fees and costs of materials are paid by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities. After completing the application and registration process with the program counselor, you may be eligible to start any Monday during the usual school year (except for Statutory Holidays).
How do I find a training sponsor or employer?
Sources such as job search agencies, temporary employment agencies, websites (trade sectors/associations/unions), job banks, 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 apprenticesearch.com, Job Futures Canada and Job Futures Ontario.
Applicants may qualify for grants and loans. The following links will be of assistance as to which loan or grant you may qualify for:
- $1,000 Apprenticeship Scholarship (under 25 yrs of age)
- Loans for required tools required by the apprenticeship
- The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, available to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their studies.
- Support to Non-Employment Insurance Eligible Apprentices During In-School Training – This initiative will provide up to $1,500 of taxable financial supports for apprentices who are not eligible for federal Employment Insurance (EI) who attend full time in-school training at a Delivery Agency approved by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.
Pathway Guide to Apprenticeship
We have created a visual PDF flowchart to show you possible paths to apprenticeship.