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Apprenticeship in Canada - Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Apprenticeship in Canada

Apprenticeship is a workplace-based training program that teaches people the skills they need in the trades to achieve competencies and perform tasks to the industry standard. The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job (80 to 85%) and technical training (15 to 20%). Technical training can occur at a college, a union training centre, a private trainer or online. Once the apprentice has completed the required hours and/or modules for the trade, the apprentice can write the exam for the Certificate of Qualification for the province/territory. There are many benefits to this form of training including earn while you learn, certification, good pay and exciting career opportunities.

Apprenticeship is regulated by the provinces and territories, creating 13 unique systems geared to the labour market needs and conditions in each region of Canada. Jurisdictions offer a variety of supports, incentives and programs to respond to the needs of their apprenticeship stakeholders.

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When people think about the skilled trades, several immediately spring to mind – electrician, plumber, welder, carpenter, for example.  But opportunities in the skilled trades are much more extensive.  From hairstylist to cook, painter to landscaper, automotive service technician to crane operator – and so many more.

Careers in Trades is a hub of information, resources and tools, created in partnership with Skills Canada and recently revamped and updated. Make it your first stop for information on apprenticeship and skilled trades careers!

Additional apprenticeship information and resources are available via Apprenticeship 101 and Apprenticeship Systems

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