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What is apprenticeship training?
Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade or occupation and includes learning new skills from highly skilled and more experienced workers known as journeypersons. Journeypersons must have provincial or inter-provincial certification in their trade and they are required to mentor and train apprentices according to provincial government guidelines. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training. They usually spend 40-44 weeks a year on the job and attend school from six to eight weeks. Keep in mind that apprentices earn a salary while they learn on the job. Depending on the trade, an apprenticeship can take from two to five years to complete. There are currently over 140 apprenticeable trades in Ontario and they fall under the four main sectors of construction, industrial/ manufacturing, transportation and service. With such a wide variety to choose from, there is a skilled trade for everyone.