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Apprenticeship:

Costs and time involved in apprenticeship


Last newsletter we looked at benefits of becoming an Apprentice. This time we'll talk about some of the costs.

What does it cost to be an apprentice?
In Ontario, for example, the cost of apprenticeship varies from trade to trade but does require a $40 administration fee to register as an apprentice with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The registration fee is waived if you are participating in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. Tuition for in-school technical training ranges from $200 – $800 per session depending on the trade and where you live. There is also a $100 fee to write the Certification of Qualification exam.

The wages you earn while receiving hands-on training can offset the cost of tuition, registration and miscellaneous fees like books and equipment. In some cases an employer may even cover all or some of the costs of tuition. If you are apprenticing through a union, the union may also pay the tuition costs. Apprentices may also qualify for EI benefits during their in-school technical training sessions which can go towards paying the costs of tuition.

With the high demand for skilled tradespeople there are a number of grants and scholarships available to help those interested in apprenticeship. 

How long are you in training?
Training varies from trade to trade but generally an apprenticeship takes a minimum of three years incorporating on-the-job experience and 3-5 sessions spanning eight-week each of in-class training. Training time may be reduced with completion of pre-apprenticeship courses, previous work experience or relevant education. Apprentices receive journeyperson status once they have successfully passed the provincial qualification exam for their trade and received a Certification of Qualification.

Next time we'll look at some of the educational aspects of pursuing an apprenticeship. And check out our website's Apprenticeship pages.

(Info above from the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario.)

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