Georgian triples number of fully funded, pre-apprenticeship program spots
January 14, 2014

Two students in goggles examine a small engine in one of Georgian's shopsThanks to a grant from the government of Ontario, Georgian College is offering 60 fully funded spots in its skilled trades pre-apprenticeship program in 2014 – three times the number offered in 2013.

Starting Feb. 24, 60 selected students will gain exposure to three skilled trades. All students will rotate between the carpentry shop in Muskoka, general machine shop in Barrie, welding shop in Midland, and in-class learning at their host campus. This is the first time the program will be offered in Barrie and Muskoka, expanding opportunities for aspiring local tradespeople.

The 33-week program includes a 12-week paid placement. Successful candidates will have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities, instruction, textbooks, tools, safety boots and educational services, all without paying fees. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, they’ll pick up skills in math, communication, computers, safety, forklift operation, first aid, job searching and more.

Applicants must complete this form and submit a resumé by Feb. 3, 2014. It’s a competitive process – successful applicants will complete a skills assessment and panel interview. Applicants must be 16 or older, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, and must not already be registered as apprentices. Applications can be emailed to or faxed to 705.526.5124.