Those who have completed a pre-apprenticeship program through a post secondary education institution, can speak with their counsellors or instructors . Their job is to help them with their job search and find employers who may work with them.
Apprenticeship next steps
Finding an employer to take you on
Getting started in apprenticeship involves firstly finding an employer who is willing to take you on and train you in the trade. An ASETS (Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy) apprenticeship coordinator can link potential apprentices to employers. Apprenticeship coordinators can help people find and set up interviews with employers in their trade.
To find an ASETS 'agreement holder' in your province click here. To read more about ASETS, click here.
Contact local unions
Apprenticeship jobs are rarely advertised but can also be found by contacting local unions. Unions often have posting boards advertising apprenticeship openings as well as applications to apply directly to the union for apprenticeship sponsorship. ASETSs and other employment resource centres may also have postings and can provide support and advice during job searches.
Talk to a school counsellor or instructor
People who have completed a pre-apprenticeship program through a post secondary education institution, can speak with their counsellors or instructors to get additional help.
Apply directly to an employer
Potential apprentices are also able to apply directly to the employer. Networking is key with apprenticeship. Interested individuals should let everyone know they’re looking for a job. Ask around to see if anyone you know can recommend a workplace with a good reputation. Also job seekers must remember to take down the names and numbers of employers so they can check in occasionally with them to see if they have an opening.
Their persistence will also show potential employers their commitment to the trade making them more likely to remember them for a future opening. It’s also good to ask employers if they know of any companies that are hiring. They may know who’s won the latest bid on a project and will be looking for workers.
Make a great impression!
The same rules apply to apprenticeship jobs as any other job. A polite, courteous manner and appropriate dress will go a long way towards a good impression on your future employer. Potential apprentices should also remember that whether they offer you a job or not, be polite and thankful. Leaving a good impression on an employer who doesn’t have a position could lead that employer to recommend the individual to another company who may have an opening.
We'll have more on finding an employer next time.
Info from aabo.ca and Government of Canada websites.