Become an Apprentice

Earn while you learn!

  1. 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.
  2. Once arranged, contact apprenticeship staff at your local Employment Ontario office.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).

Learn more about Academic and Career Entrance (ACE)

An apprentice from the cabinetmaker program works on a machine

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.

Financial Assistance

Applicants may qualify for grants and loans. The following links will be of assistance as to which loan or grant you may qualify for:

Pathway Guide to Apprenticeship

We have created a visual PDF flowchart to show you possible paths to apprenticeship.

Download the Pathway Guide