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I am working in a trade, how do I become a registered apprentice? Lisa McBride, Employment Consultant, JobSkills

About the Author

Lisa McBride is an Employment Consultant with JobSkills in York Region. For the past 12 years, Lisa McBride has been working in various areas of both the Employment Counselling and Job Development fields. This has included providing employment and placement supports to International Trained Trades people, as well as being actively involved in the development, and placement of clients enrolled in pre-apprenticeship programs in both the Construction and Service sectors.

Lisa has completed a diploma in Youth Work, as Post Diploma in Advanced Counselling and is currently completing a post diploma certification in Community Advocacy as well as a degree in Social Work.

If you meet the educational requirements for the trade, you should self-identify to your employer that you want to become an apprentice. Keep in mind during the first three to six month of employment your employer is evaluating your skills and abilities, including your attitude, attendance, and punctuality, willingness to listen and respond to feedback, as well as your general motivation and willingness to learn. New employees shouldn't expect to be instantly registered as an apprentice. At the point that your employer agrees to formally register you, the employer will contact their Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities -Apprenticeship Branch to start the ball rolling. When the Training Consultant meets with you and your employer, make sure you are prepared; have your transcript from your last high school or college if you took a pre-apprenticeship training program. This document will identify to the Training Consultant that you meet the academic requirement(s) for the trade.

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:

  1. Working in the trades
  2. The various financial supports programs/grants for both employers and apprentices

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