Hands-on learning for in-demand jobs, find out what apprenticeship pathway is right for you.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship training is an agreement between an individual wishing to learn a skill “the apprentice” and an employer “apprentice trainer” who can provide the environment for skills trades training. The apprentice develops their skills on the job while working towards the required number of industry standard hours alongside the employer. Once they achieve a specific skill level or number of hours the apprentice attends training through an approved Training Delivery Agent such as Mohawk College. This process is supervised and administered by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.
An Ontario Apprenticeship includes:
- On-The-Job Training: The apprentice learns the appropriate skills of the trade while working with and under the supervision of a qualified journeyperson.
- In-School Training: The apprentice learns the theory which supports all phases of the trade and relates this theory to practical projects that simulate typical work assignments.
Graduates in Demand
- Mohawk annually serves 2,900 apprenticeship students and is one of the largest trainers of apprentices in Ontario
- Apprenticeship provides hands-on experience; however, apprenticeship programs require “in school” training to ensure a comprehensive training experience.
- Completing your in-school apprenticeship training with Mohawk will earn you an Ontario College Certificate. This certificate opens pathways to future educational opportunities.
- The state-of-the-art facilities and high skilled faculty Mohawk's Marshall School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship provides employer recognized, in-class apprenticeship training.
- In today's workforce, there is a great demand for qualified individuals in a wide variety of occupations. To remain competitive in the global market, industries must continue to meet the challenges offered by today's technology and ensure skilled trades are training in real world scenarios. Therefore, highly skilled individuals or journeypersons with a combination of on-the-job training and in-school education obtained through apprenticeship programs are required to meet these challenges.
Learn more about the journey to become an apprentice with the Apprenticeship Toolkit!
How to become an apprentice
There are four ways of entering a skilled trade in Ontario, read below to find out what option works best for you.
Not sure if an apprenticeship is right for you?
Mohawk College offers a variety of programs that support various ways of studying and skill development. Meet with an educational advisor or Apprenticeship Specialist and explore our offerings to find something that works for you.
Not sure which program or career is right for you? Try our career tools to complete a free online skills assessment, visit apprenticesearch and Careers in Trades to explore Ontario trades or contact Community Employment Services to complete labour market research and learn about what skills are in demand.