Apprenticeship Programs


What is it?

Registered apprenticeship programs train workers to become highly-skilled, construction workers through on-the-job training provided by an employer and in-school technical training.

How does it work?

As an apprentice, you will earn-as-you-learn, working under the supervision of a certified journeyperson to learn the skills of your trade. Approximately 80% of an apprentices’ time is spent on the job and 20% in technical training.

An apprenticeship in the unionized skilled trades allows you to start a career – debt-free – with access to lifelong learning opportunities at one of our 195 training centres. You will earn a family-sustaining wage, have access to health and welfare benefits from day one.

As an apprentice, you have the opportunity to build the roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, water, hydro, and energy systems that keeps Canada safe and our economy moving forward. 

An apprentice must be registered with the regional apprenticeship authority and fulfill all requirements established by their province or territory. Apprenticeships last between two to five years, on average.

Where do I start?

The skilled trades encompass a broad range of hands-on occupations; with more than 300 skilled trades occupations recognized across Canada, though not all trades are designated in every province or territory. 

With a high graduation rate in the unionized skilled trades, apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from day one, and incremental raises as skill levels increase.

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