Apprenticeship General Information
With an increasing number of retirements in the skilled trades, it’s becoming even more important to support apprenticeships in Ontario.
Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade or occupation and includes learning new skills from skilled journeypersons.
Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgment and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skill.
An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as part of their training. Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career. Jobs in the skilled trades pay well, and are interesting and challenging. Plus, you earn while you learn.
Apprentices become skilled workers once they have acquired the knowledge and skills in a trade or occupation and are certified by a provincial or territorial authority. Successful completion of training is recognized with a Certificate of Apprenticeship and a Certificate of Qualification.
Sault College is an approved Training Delivery Agent for a variety of apprenticeship trades with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The College delivers apprenticeship classroom training in Motive Power, Electrical, Plumbing, Hairstylist, Cook, Ironworker and Millwright trades. This classroom training is only available to registered apprentices. Learning alongside experienced professionals in your chosen field of study as you get paid for the work you do has unique benefits. You will combine your hands-on training with classroom training as a registered apprentice.
If you are a high school student, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) can help you start training to be an apprentice while completing high school. Please contact your OYAP Coordinator for more information.
Pre-apprenticeship programs also provide opportunities to learn trade-related skills essential to becoming an apprentice. To learn more about Pre-Apprenticeship programs at Sault College, please contact the Sault College Registrar’s Office.
Sault College is one of the largest Training Delivery agents in Northern Ontario and delivers classroom and online training for registered apprentices in the following trades:
- Automotive Service Technician
- Construction & Maintenance Electrician
- Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
- Industrial Electrician
- Parts Technician (on-line)
- Truck & Coach Technician
- Utility Arborist
Minimum Academic Requirements
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to enter into apprenticeship training. Entrance requirements for apprenticeship programs vary between Grade 10 and 12 depending on the trade, although you will find that most employers and unions require Grade 12 and a solid foundation in Mathematics, English and the Sciences.
Your apprenticeship consultant can provide you with the specific qualifications required for apprenticeship training in your chosen trade.
For more information on how you can pursue an apprenticeship, please call the toll-free Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656; TTY (telephone service for the deaf) 1-866-533-6339; or email contactEO@ontario.ca.
You may also visit the local apprenticeship office in Sault Ste. Marie at:
MTCU – Employment Ontario
447 Queen Street East, 4th Floor
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Z5