In Ontario, apprenticeship training is run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
(MTCU). Apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in skilled trades
occupations. Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of
skill, judgement and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages
increase with their level of skill. Apprentices are workers, so you will need to find an employer who will train
you. As a registered apprentice, you will receive most of your training on the job. The rest of your training
is in school and is provided by an approved training delivery agent, in this case, Georgian College.

The first step in becoming an apprentice is to find a training sponsor or employer who is willing to
engage in apprenticeship training. The employer must contact the local Apprenticeship Client Services
(ACS) office to register the apprenticeship. A representative from ACS meets with both you and the
employer to determine if all requirements are met. Your progress in learning the required on-the-job
skills will be recorded and monitored.

Most apprenticeships take two to five years to complete, depending on the trade or occupation.
While the majority of the cost of the in-school training is paid by the MTCU, you are required to pay a
classroom fee of $10 per day to Georgian College.

For more information, call us at 705.728.1968, ext. 5103 or contact the MTCU’s Apprenticeship
Client Services at 705.737.1431 (Barrie), 705.737.1431 or 1.800.560.3821 (Muskoka) or
519.376.5790 (Owen Sound).

Apprenticeship programs offered at Georgian College:

  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Cook
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Educational Assistant
  • Electrician – Construction and Maintenance/
    Domestic and Rural/Industrial
  • General Carpenter
  • General Machinist
  • Hairstylist
  • Marine Engine Technician
  • Mould Maker
  • Plumber
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Tool and Die Maker

Welding/General Machinist and General Carpenter

Looking for a great career in a skilled trade? This pre-apprenticeship program is for potential entrants to the apprenticeship system who require job readiness skills and trade readiness experience. It bridges the gap between the skills you have and the skills employers are seeking!

Start date: Feb. 24

Locations: Barrie, Midland, Muskoka campuses

Entrance requirements

You must be:

  • 16 years of age and older
  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Not registered as an apprentice

The selection process is competitive and only a limited number of seats are available. Each applicant will be asked to complete an application form and submit a resumé. All successful applicants will complete an assessment of skills test and participate in a panel interview. All successful applicants will be advised by phone and letter of acceptance.

This project is funded by the government of Ontario.

More about the program

This 33-week program includes a 12-week paid placement. As a participant, you will learn at a state-of-the-art learning centre. You’ll be provided with instruction, textbooks and tools, safety boots, certificates/tickets and value-added educational services.

You will need to provide a commitment, hard work, full attendance and team work.

This program will provide you with academic upgrading in

  • Apprenticeship core math
  • Apprenticeship math
  • Communications and computers

Safety training will include

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Fall prevention
  • Construction and industrial regulations
  • Forklift operator and First Aid/CPR

Job search skills will include resumé writing and interview skills.

The trade readiness component consists of:

  • Shop skills
  • Basic welding
  • Machining
  • Carpentry techniques

To apply

Apprenticeship application

Fill out the application form and send it (by fax or by email) along with a copy of your resumé to 705.526.5124 or

For more information

Contact Denyse Wigglesworth at 705.526.3666, ext. 3707 or