Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program

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Begin your apprenticeship journey through a pre-apprenticeship training program. Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, for eligible individuals.

How it works

  • Colleges and community training providers deliver free trades-specific training, offered once a year, as Ministry funding permits.
  • Individuals apply for and meet eligibility criteria to participate in training.
  • These programs include trades-specific training, course materials and safety training, including an 8 –12-week work experience.


  • Develop confidence, exposure and skills in a specific trade
  • Provides specific skills that employers are looking for in potential apprenticeship candidates
  • Prepare for future trades training

Ministry Funded Pre-Apprenticeship Training Dates

Please be advised that Applications are NOW CLOSED for the 2020 Ministry Funded Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation all program start dates & future program offerings currently have all been postponed.
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This project is funded by the Government of Ontario


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Other apprenticeship paths to explore:

College Certificate or Diploma

Develop the skills to enter the workforce.

Traditional Apprenticeship

Head straight into the workforce.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Start in highschool.