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 apprenticeship programs and generally also provide credit towards completion of an apprenticeship. For example, if you complete the Automotive Service Technician pre-apprenticeship program, 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.