Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education opportunity in the skilled trades. A master tradesperson teaches a trainee “on the job”. The employee follows the training standards provided by the ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to ensure that an apprentice skilled in the trade. 90% of the apprenticeship training is done in the work-place. All regular apprentices also attend “in school” sessions, usually offered at community colleges or union training centres. The MTCU pays the tuition while the student pays a minimal classroom fee to attend the “trade school” sessions. Once both the “in school” and “trade school” hours have been completed and the competencies signed off, the apprentice receives the Certificate of Apprenticeship. The apprentice must then pass an examination in order to receive the Certificate of Qualification (license). The Certificate of Qualification and journeyperson status is widely recognized and accepted.
A typical apprenticeship takes about the same time as other post-secondary options, depending on the trade and the progress of the individual.
Please visit the OYAP website for more information about apprenticeship opportunities.