Pre-Apprenticeship training programs help potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as apprentices.
In some ways, Pre-Apprenticeship programs are similar to other college programs. You are learning skills related to your job goal, but you are not yet hired on by an employer. There is no guarantee of being hired, but an employer typically values that you have some work-based knowledge already when you apply for an apprenticeship with them. This means you are able to handle some basic duties without needing as much supervision as someone very new to the trade.
Pre-Apprenticeship programs vary depending on school and length of program. Most trades-related programs offered at private career colleges are pre-apprenticeship programs that you pay for to receive training in a trade before connecting with an employer. Public colleges (example: Conestoga College) also offer pre-apprenticeship programs like this. Occasionally the public colleges may also offer a tuition-free Pre-Apprenticeship program, including text books, safety equipment and tools. The training may include the Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training, relevant safety training, and possibly a work placement. Programs may also include trade readiness, employment preparation, and/or academic upgrading.
How can I access the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program?
Pre-Apprenticeship programs are offered by different organizations, such as public and private colleges, approved apprenticeship deliverers, or community agencies. The Working Centre does not offer apprenticeship training, but has Employment Counsellors who can meet with you and help you explore your options. Individuals interested in participating in a Pre-Apprenticeship Program can apply directly to the organizations providing the training.