A man in a skilled trades workshop, using machinery

In Ontario, apprenticeship training is run by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in skilled trades occupations.

Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgement and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skill. Apprentices are workers, so you will need to find an employer who will train you.

As a registered apprentice, you will receive most of your training on the job. The rest of your training is in school and is provided by an approved training delivery agent, in this case, Georgian College.

Most apprenticeships take two to five years to complete, depending on the trade or occupation. While the majority of the cost of the in-school training is paid by the ministry, you are required to pay a classroom fee of $10 per day to Georgian College.

How to get started

  • Find a sponsor – someone who agrees to hire, train and pay you.
  • Fill out a form to apply for an apprenticeship.
  • Sign a training agreement with your sponsor after your application has been approved.
  • Register with the Ontario College of Trades to start training.
Learn more about becoming an apprentice

Apprenticeship programs offered at Georgian

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Cook
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Educational Assistant
  • Electrician – Construction and Maintenance/
    Domestic and Rural/Industrial
  • General Carpenter
  • General Machinist
  • Hairstylist
  • Marine Engine Technician
  • Mould Maker
  • Plumber
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Tool and Die Maker

Contact us

Georgian College

705.728.1968, ext. 5103

Apprenticeship Client Services

Barrie: 705.737.1431

Muskoka: 705.737.1431 or 1.800.560.3821

Owen Sound: 519.376.5790