In Ontario, apprenticeship training is run by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. 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.

The first step in becoming an apprentice is to find a training sponsor or employer who is willing to engage in apprenticeship training. The employer must contact the local Apprenticeship Client Services (ACS) office to register the apprenticeship. A representative from ACS meets with both you and the employer to determine if all requirements are met. Your progress in learning the required on-the-job skills will be recorded and monitored.

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.

Apprenticeship programs offered at Georgian College:

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Cook
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • 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


For more information, call:

Georgian College

705.728.1968, ext. 5103

Apprenticeship Client Services

705.737.1431 (Barrie)

705.737.1431 or 1.800.560.3821 (Muskoka)

519.376.5790 (Owen Sound)