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Throughout an apprenticeship the individual will learn hands-on skills as well as technical skills at an appropriate post secondary institution

Answers to your apprenticeship questions

For those still in school, or thinking about a career change, now's a good time to start thinking about apprenticeships.

What is apprenticeship?

It's a learning process that combines on-the-job experience and in-class training, while earning a wage. Upon completion apprentices are awarded a Certificate of Qualification recognizing them as a journeyperson (a qualified skilled worker) in their trade.

What is the apprenticeship process?

Here are the basics:
Step 1: Choosing a trade – This begins by evaluating skills and interests and determining the trade that is most fulfilling.  Apprenticeship Coordinators can help potential apprentices to discover their hidden talents with personality and skill assessments. There are also online assessments that will help determine the best trade for the individual.

Step 2: Education – High school is a good time to start planning for an apprenticeship. High schools offer co-op programs to provide some basic skills and hands-on training in the skilled trades.

Step 3: Employment – In order to enter an apprenticeship individuals must connect with an employer who is willing to sponsor them. Searching for an apprenticeship job is like any other, it’s time to start knocking on doors, making phone calls and sending out resumes.

Step 4: Registering – Once an employer agrees to sponsor someone, the individual must register as an apprentice.

Step 5: The Learning Process – Now the apprentice is on the road to a prosperous career.  Throughout the apprenticeship the individual will learn hands-on skills as well as technical skills at an appropriate post secondary institution. The learning process continues until they have completed the requirements needed to receive journeyperson certification.

So that's a basic outline of what's involved. Click here for lots more info and answers to your questions at the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario website. Even if you live outside Ontario, you'll get an idea of what's involved and how to get started. 

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