By Steve Williams
Do you have passion for building, fixing or repairing things? Do you enjoy working with your hands, have a good eye for how things work or go together? Enjoy solving problems? Were your favourite subjects in school a technology or shop class? Phys Ed? Technical Math? And are you the type of person that does not enjoy sitting behind a desk? Then Apprenticeship may be a training option for you!
Or are you an Employer in a skilled trade looking to hire an Apprentice and seeking information on financial incentives, help with selection and support to get that new hire off on the right foot.
Apprenticeship is the original training option and considered post-secondary level training, the same as college or university. In fact, you receive three separate college level certifications for completion. In Ontario, there are more than 150 occupations in 4 different sectors (Industrial, Motive Power, Construction and Service) that are eligible for Apprenticeship, with 46 of those qualifying successful Apprentices for Red Seal Certification (Working Across Canada) Apprentices “earn while they learn,” with 80-90 % of training happening in paid employment, the other 10-20% of training in-school.
It starts with employment; feedback from employers indicates that they are looking for attitude and aptitude, the skills can be taught. There is plenty of competition for opportunities and employers usually take on an apprentice from their existing workforce. Finding your passion and then getting a foot in the door is the key.
Goodwill’s Career Centre can give anyone a head start on the competition and increase the probability that you can find that “Opportunity Leading to Apprenticeship,” from initial exploring and research to developing an Action Plan, including job search tools, networking skills and access to Employment Ontario financial incentives.
For potential Apprentices, we suggest our Apprenticeship Information Session to start. This interactive two hour presentation is open to the general public and participants will learn more about the process of Apprenticeship in Ontario. Employers can contact our Employment Solution Consultant team to find out more about supports available to them.
Goodwill’s Career Centre is a proud member of The Apprenticeship Network