I am working in a trade, how do I become a registered apprentice?
If you have previous co-op or employment history that is related to the trade, you should provide proof of employment, job title and number of hours worked, as the Training Consultant may take this into account when registering you as an apprentice. Prior to the meeting ensure you are aware of any registration fees, or other documentation that may be required in order to complete the Apprenticeship Training Agreement.
Once you, your employer and Training Consultant have signed the Apprenticeship Training Agreement, you are now considered to be a Registered Apprentice with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. As a Registered Apprentice, your on-the-job training/work hours will now count towards the total number of hours which are assigned to each trade.
Both Service Canada and the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities offer various grants and subsidies which are developed to support both apprentices and employers. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities offers grants such as:
- The Apprenticeship Completion Bonus for non-Red Seal trades
- Employers may access supports through the Apprenticeship Tax Credit - in conjunction with the Canadian Revenue Agency
- Employers and potential apprentices may be eligible to access supports through the Apprentice Scholarship & Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus
Service Canada offers grants such as the:
- Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for apprentices who have finished either their first or second year of training in a Red Seal Trade
- The Apprenticeship Completion Grant for apprentices assists those who complete their training and become a certified Journey Person and who obtain either the Red Seal endorsement or a provincial or territorial Certificate in a Red Seal trade.
How do I get more information?
Contact an Employment Ontario Service Provider site near you to find out about:
- Working in the trades
- The various financial supports programs/grants for both employers and apprentices
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