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Apprenticeship leads to rewarding careers

Apprenticeship is hands-on training for people who enjoy learning by doing. The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgement and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skills.

About 90% of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers. The remainder involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college or provided by another approved training organization.

To become an apprentice, an applicant must find an employer who is willing to train. Such jobs are rarely advertised, instead, employers often rely on word of mouth to attract applicants. People who want to become apprentices usually apply to an employer, union, or joint industrial committee.

Skilled workers who have received their training in Ontario can work anywhere in the province. Agreements among the provinces and territories allow certified skilled workers in certain trades to work anywhere in Canada. Training consultants at Ontario government apprenticeship offices can provide more information.

If you have a question about becoming an apprentice and pursuing a career in the skilled trades, call the Ontario government's JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JOBGROW. In Toronto, call 416-326-5656.

To learn more about careers in the skilled trades, visit and scroll to the spotlight section and click on Skills Connect. Information for internationally trained skilled workers is available in the spotlight section by clicking on Immigrants and the Internationally Trained.

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