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Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades

​​​​​​Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades – Information for Employers

Local employers may soon face difficulties finding skilled trade workers, as Baby Boomers begin to exit the workforce in record numbers. A solution may be to consider hiring immigrant apprentices or individuals trained abroad in different skilled trades.

Apprenticeship training in Ontario is administered through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer, an apprentice, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. A consultant from MTCU will help an employer develop a training agreement.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has produced fact sheets on the 58 trades that have the most apprenticeship registrations. To find more about these trades, go to: Trades in Ontario.

Employment Ontario Apprentic​eship Office:​​​​

55 Cedar Point Dr.
Barrie, ON L4N 5R7
Phone: 705.737.1431
hotline: 1.800.387.565​6
Email: SimcoeMuskoka@ontario.ca
Fax: 705.737.5684

Employment Ontario Support for Employers

Employers can receive help in finding potential apprentices and information about financial incentives through the local employment Ontario delivery agency.

Find a Simcoe County location nearest you: Employment Ontario Employment Services​

Employment Ontario has developed a comprehensive Guide for Employers and Sponsors which covers all areas of hiring and training an apprentice:

EO Apprenticeship Training in Onta​​rio - A Guide for Employers and Sponsors

Other resources and links for hiring apprentices:


CareersInTr​​ades.ca is a website designed to promote skilled trades in Canada, and includes resources for apprentices and employers, as well as parents and teachers. It features videos, news articles, and useful guides. 


ApprenticeSearch​.com is a website designed to connect apprentices and employers across Ontario. It also includes an Employer Resou​rces​ section with information such as: certification, wage incentives, posting a job, registering an apprentice, and recruitment.

Georgian College

Georgian College campuses across Simcoe County offer various "in-school" apprenticeship training components. Read the Apprenticeships - Overview for more information.

For a complete list of current apprenticeship programs offered at Georgian College, click h​​ere​.

For more information, call Georgian College at 705-728-1968, ext. 5103 or contact the MTCU's Apprenticeship Client Services at 705-737-1431 (Barrie), 705-737-1431 or 1-800-560-3821 (Muskoka) or 519-376-5790 (Owen Sound).