About Apprenticeship

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • Apprentices not only learn skills in a classroom, but also receive paid, on­-the-­job training with their employer/sponsor.
  • Approximately 80% of the training happens on-­the­-job with an employer and the other 20% is completed in school over two 12-week winter semesters.
  • Once registered, apprentices typically take between 4­-6 years to complete their training and certification requirements.
  • The Government of Ontario pays for 85% of classroom training and supports apprentices with grants and EI eligibility during classroom training.

Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Lower student debt as you can earn while you learn
  • Good pay
  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Gain recognized work experience
  • Exposed to hands on learning
  • Acquire skills that will last a lifetime and that open doors for promotion and entrepreneurship
  • Horticulture is recognized across Canada as a Red Seal Trade
  • Apprentices are eligible for financial incentives including training grants at the end of each in-­class training semester, in school loans and completion grants.
  • Apprenticeship loans
  • Apprentices may be eligible for EI while in-­school

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