Workforce Development

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

A pre-apprenticeship program allows you to learn the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade. It is typically taught in both a classroom and in-school shop setting. You do not need an employer to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a pre-apprenticeship program is to gain some experience and familiarity with the trade to make it easier for you to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship.

Pre-apprenticeship programs cover material related to an apprenticeship program's curriculum and generally provide credit (if achieved) towards a portion of requirements for a trade's Level one. For example, if you complete the Automotive Service Technician pre-apprenticeship program and achieve the accreditation, you will receive credit for Level one technical training when you register as an apprentice in the Automotive Service Technician program.

When you decide which trade program you are interested in, make sure it is a program that has been accredited. Accreditation means that the program has been approved by us and meets the requirements of the level for the trade. We have listed the approved programs in the corresponding Trade Profile.

Pre-employment program recognition is limited. On average, an accredited program can be recognized and applied towards apprenticeship if the apprenticeship is applied within two years of completion.