What is an Apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education like university or college but there’s a big difference. An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential – or “ticket”.  Apprentices not only learn skills in a classroom but also receive paid on-the-job training with an employer.

Is an apprenticeship work or school?

It is both. Approximately 80% of the training is done on-the-job with an employer and the other 20% is completed in school (also known as technical training), in most cases alternating between the two. That means you earn money while you learn.

How long is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship programs are typically four years long and lead to trade certification.

Why become an apprentice?

Skilled trades are respected because of the important role they play in today’s economy. Tradespeople build, operate and maintain Canada’s infrastructure.  They build and maintain the homes, services and amenities we use every day.  Much of Canada’s productivity depends on the highly specialized expertise of tradespeople.

Skilled workers are in demand across the country and around the world.  With more than 300 careers to choose from, there is a skilled trade for every aptitude and interest. A good work ethic, a can-do attitude and a Certificate of Qualification will almost guarantee a job upon completion.

Many trades provide earnings above the national average.  By taking an apprenticeship and learning a trade, apprentices can ‘earn as they learn’, decreasing the amount of debt they may incur during their post-secondary training.

One of the best parts of being a tradesperson is that you get paid well for doing work you enjoy.  It is no wonder tradespeople are so proud of their skills.