Are you an Apprentice or journeyperson working in a skilled trade?
On April 8th 2013 the Colleges of Trades was implemented in Ontario. This is a regulatory body put in place to govern skilled trades people in Ontario.
Learn More about the college of Trades and how it will apply to you including fees, dealines and membership class.
Go on-line at www.collegeoftrades.ca or by calling 1.855.299.0028
The July issue of the News Page by the Ontario College of Trades is now available on the College's website. To read the News Page, Go to their website at www.collegeoftrades.ca or click on the link below:
Volume 2, Issue 3 - July 2013
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who entered a career had someone to take them
by the hand and help them with their training? And wouldn’t it be an added bonus
if you could be paid top wages just for learning the skills you need to make it
in your chosen career?
Apprenticeship is the best kept secret in the world today! Apprentices are
employees who earn a salary for the work they do while they develop their skills
under the direction of experienced workers. In addition to being paid to learn,
apprentices’ wages increase with the level of their skill.
In a combination of on-the-job learning and in-class instruction,
apprentices are learning the tools of their trade through first-hand experience
and the guiding hands of trained professionals. Approximately 80 per cent of an
apprentice’s training is hands on while the rest is done at either a local
community college or approved training organization.
The length of each apprenticeship is dependant on the trade the apprentice
decides to enter but can be anywhere from two to five years. Once on-the-job and
in-class requirements have been met, an apprentice will complete the
provincial/territorial trade exam which allows them to work in their field as a
Apprenticeship is about the satisfaction of a job well done and being paid well
to do work that you love. With a high demand for skilled workers in the labour
force today, there’s no end to how far an apprentice can go in his/her chosen
What jobs require apprenticeships
While you may hear the word apprenticeship and automatically think of
construction trades, you’d be surprised to learn how many exciting jobs offer
apprenticeship training. In nearly every industry there is an avenue for
apprentices to make their way into their field. Bakers, hair stylists,
agriculturalists and auto mechanics are just a few of the careers which qualify
for apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeships are available in nearly every aspect of Ontario’s economy and
with a rapidly changing workforce there is a high demand for those willing to
work hard and learn new skills. With over 200 jobs in the skilled trades,
there are plenty of opportunities available in the various industry sectors.
Here are just a few of the typical industries and jobs that offer
The Auto Service Sector
- Alignment and brakes technician
- Auto body repairer and collision damage repairer
- Auto body repairer
- Automotive electronic accessory technician
- Automotive glass technician
- Automotive service technician
- Motorcycle mechanic
The Construction Sector
- Construction boilermaker
- Construction millwright
- Heavy equipment operator
- Mobile crane operator
The Service Sector
- Assistant cook
- Network cabling specialist
- Retail meat cutter
- Early childhood educator
- Gem setter/ goldsmith
- Special event coordinator
The Manufacturing Sector
- Mould or die finisher
- Tool and gauge inspector
- Bearings mechanic
- General machinist
- Fitter – assembler
- Machine-tool builder and integrator
There is no end to the number of doors that can be opened through
apprenticeship. Many apprentices who complete their training will be asked to
train new hopefuls, while others may find management opportunities or decide to
start their own business. With apprenticeship training under your belt,
the sky really can be the limit!
What does it take to be an apprentice?
The requirements and responsibilities vary in each industry. While strength is
often required for construction and labour jobs, strength of character and
communication skills are needed for service jobs like hair stylists or social
workers. Generally, apprentices must have perseverance, drive, and a dedication
to meeting their career goals! Those who are able to work well with others,
adapt to different work settings, and learn well through hands-on experience are
well-suited for apprenticeships.
Depending on which industry you want to enter there are a variety of ways of
obtaining an apprenticeship, but generally to become an apprentice you must:
- Decide which trade you would like to enter and in which province
you would like to work. Each province and trade has different requirements for
entry into an apprenticeship.
- Have completed Grade 12, though depending on the career you choose
they may accept Grade 10.
- Contact your provincial/territorial government apprenticeship
office. Each province or territory will have a different agency available to
meet apprentices’ needs in their region.
- Find an employer who is willing to hire you.
The skilled trades are in high demand which is why the Government of Ontario has
a number of programs to assist those interested in pursuing an apprenticeship.
Each year it provides funds for the Pre-Apprenticeship Programs which help
trades hopefuls acquire skills to help them obtain an apprenticeship.
Employers are also offered incentives for taking on apprentices. An
Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit, allows employers to claim up to $5,000 each
Tools and supplies required for training are also eligible for funding support
under the government’s Tools for Trades program. Eligible applicants can receive
up to $800 to help with the purchase of required training materials.
Because of the high demand for Aboriginal apprentices across Canada there are
also a number of options available to help Aboriginal people make their way into
the skilled trades. Grand River Employment and Training offers wage subsidies
and will provide funding for additional costs like safety equipment and tools.
There are also a number of programs offered through other AHRDAs, friendship
centres and band councils.
There are also a number of resources to get you started and on your way to the
career of your dreams:
Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Skilled Trades, Careers in Trades