Apprenticeship Pathway

What kinds of programs are offered?

Apprenticeship is a practical method of learning, providing hands-on training in over 150 skilled trades.

Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, their wages increase with skill levels.

What does Apprenticeship prepare you for?

Apprenticeships can lead to careers such as: construction workers, chefs, horticulturalists, information technologists, educational assistants and hairstylists.

How long can Apprenticeship take?

Becoming a certified tradesperson requires a combination of on-the-job training and in-school training usually done at the local college, and usually lasts 2-5 years.

How much does it cost?

Cost can vary depending on whether the student begins their apprenticeship training with an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship (OYAP) program while they are still in secondary school.

You may be interested in apprenticeship if:

  • You enjoy hands on learning and have good mechanical and spatial abilities
  • You enjoy fixing things, assembling and disassembling structures
  • You are able to solve problems, determine why something does not work and how it can be done better
  • You are interested in a career that requires the completion of an apprenticeship

I’m ready to start drafting my apprenticeship!


The KPDSB offers a variety of pathway programs to help you draft your future as an apprentice:

Co-operative Education Program

Jump start your apprenticeship by earning credits while working. One semester of co-op can equal four credits, plus earn hours towards your apprenticeship.
All About CO-OP

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Get practical, hands-on training in a skilled trade while earning credits towards your diploma. Hours earned count towards your post-secondary apprenticeship, giving you a head start.
All About OYAP

Dual Credit Programs

Take courses that count towards both your OSSD and your post-secondary apprenticeship, while still in high school.
All About Dual Credits

Specialist High Skills Major

Focus on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate.
All About SHSM