Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Registered Apprenticeship?

Registered apprenticeship is a proven training strategy that combines on-the-job training with related classroom instruction to prepare highly skilled workers for Canadian industry. Apprenticeship, by virtue of its success in preparing skilled workers, helps Canada compete more effectively in the global economy, and contributes to economic development and sustained economic growth.

Who Operates and Pays for Registered Apprenticeship Training?

Registered apprenticeship programs are operated by private industry, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and employer or labour/management sponsors. Program sponsors pay virtually all the training costs as well as progressively increasing wages to their apprentices. Apprenticeship programs in Interior Finishing can be completed in three to five, or more years in length. For the apprentice, this translates into an "industry scholarship" worth $40,000 to $150,000. Moreover, the content of the training program is determined by industry needs, thereby producing workers with skills that are in high demand.

What is the Apprenticeship Agreement?

An Apprenticeship Agreement is a signed commitment between the apprentice and the sponsor who is registered with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The apprentice agrees to perform the work and complete related study which may take between a 3 and 5 year period. The sponsor agrees to make every effort to keep the apprentice employed and to comply with the standards established for the program.

Who Does Registered Apprenticeship Serve?

Training programs in Interior Finishing serve a diverse population including minorities, women, youth and others 16 years of age and older.

What skills do I need to apply?

Trade related experience is an asset with a general understanding of what the trade entails. Strong math and communication skills are essential.

What tools may I need?

In order to start school, apprentices must have the basic personal protective equipment (PPE) including a hard hat and safety boots (steel toe with green patch). A detailed list of tools may be obtained through our Apprenticeship Office and will be necessary for on the job training. These items will cost approximately $400.00.