An apprenticeship is a special type of educational pathways that involves “hands-on” learning that leads to becoming a qualified tradesperson. An apprenticeship requires attending classes for approximately 10% of the time and the remaining 90% of the time is spent working on a job site to gain practical skills and experience under the guidance of a certified journeyperson in a particular trade. Most apprenticeships require 2-3 years to complete. This form of training develops highly skilled workers who generally obtain jobs that are in high demand and well-paying. There are over 150 recognized trades in Ontario.
Secondary school students may have the option of applying to OYAP in Grades 11 or 12, and through co-operative education credits work towards starting an apprenticeship program. If this program is of interest, contact a school Guidance Counsellor. More information is available at: www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/apprentices/oyap.html
New rules that take effect on June 1, 2014, make it easier for study permit holders to work off campus. Full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution will be:
For more information: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-changes.asp
Get a student work permit: www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp