Facts on Apprenticeships
Are you young and still in high school? Maybe you’re finished school and are looking for a new direction? Or, you are already working and looking for a career that suits you better?
If any of this applies to you, an apprenticeship could be what you’ve been looking for. Thousands of people like you register as apprentices every year. Why? It’s simple. An apprenticeship is your ticket to a challenging and rewarding career in skilled trades.
Skilled trades play an important role in Canada’s knowledge-based economy. Think about it. They touch almost every aspect of our lives from the homes we live in, to the cars we drive, to the food we eat.
With over 200 careers to choose from, there is a skilled trade for everyone. The demand is high, you get to travel, and you could become your own boss!
Tradespeople are rewarded with great pay – often better than average!
The BARE FACTS on Apprenticeship Training
Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education like university or college. But there’s a big difference. Apprentices not only learn skills in
a classroom, but receive paid on-the-job training with an employer.
• Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship can take two to five years to complete.
• Apprentices usually spend 40 to 44 weeks a year on the job and go to school for six to eight weeks.
• Apprentices must find an employer and may need to pay tuition fees for in-school training.
• Apprentices earn a salary on the job from their first day.
• Apprentices receive a Certificate of Qualification in a designated trade.
Did You Know?
Pre-apprenticeship training is available in some regions. These work placements allow students who are still in high school to get a running start on their careers in skilled trades – not to mention earn school credits at the same time!
Work Anywhere in Canada!
Depending on their trade, apprentices who have obtained their certificate can write an inter-provincial exam to obtain a Red Seal endorsement and practice their trade across the country.
• The “Red Seal” allows qualified tradespersons to practice the trade in any province or territory in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.
• To date, there are forty-five trades included in the Red Seal Program on a national basis.