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About Apprenticeship

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an educational pathway that combines on-the-job training, work experience and technical training that leads to certification in over 150 trades.

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  • An apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning.
  • The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity.
  • Employers provide about 90 percent of apprenticeship training in the workplace. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is usually delivered at an approved community college or training delivery agent.
  • Upon successful completion of the practical and in-school components, an apprentice has an opportunity to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade.