Apprenticeship Training

Programs that provide a combination of paid, structured on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a designated trade, craft or occupation under the supervision of a skilled craft worker. Upon completion of the in-class and the on-the-job training, the apprentice is required to write an examination and, if successful, is given a Certificate of Apprenticeship, a Certificate of Qualification and the designation of certified journeyperson. Apprenticeship programs vary in length from 2-5 years depending on the trade, and are registered with and administered by the apprenticeship branch of the respective province or territory. Registered apprenticeship training in a trade can be either compulsory or voluntary, depending on the regulations of the province or territory.



Prepares participants for employment in the skilled trades. These programs support skills building, learning, and employment opportunities in horticulture, welding, and automotive service. 

Offers pre-apprenticeship training and employment programs to anyone who has served a federal or provincial sentence and is interested in a career in the skilled trades. Participants gain marketable employment skills and a paid work placement. 

Offers registration and support to:

  • new apprentices who have arranged a sponsoring employer or who have prior education and related work experience
  • also offers consultation to sponsoring employers

Apprenticeship Scholarship

Carpenters Union Local 18 Hamilton Office.  Offers training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for job seekers in the carpentry industry. 

Provides employment support for general trades and connects them with industry employers for work placements. This program runs for approximately 30 weeks. Participants are provided with personal protective equipment and a basic tool kit.

Provides fast tracked customized training and jobs in the skilled trades for experienced and entry level trades people.  Trades include:

  • General Construction
  • Brick Laying
  • Trade Calculation
  • Machine Operator
  • Mechanic

Offers support for women to help secure employment in the skilled trades industry.  Provides participants with technical training and job coaching with specific regard to machinist and electrical work. 

Successful participants will receive:

Skilled trades certificates, diploma programs, and apprenticeship opportunities, including:

  • Co-operative education options
  • Building and construction
  • Industrial and mechanical
  • Motive power
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