Apprentice FAQs

An apprenticeship provides hands-on training for people who enjoy learning by doing. Apprenticeships can lead to rewarding and profitable careers that demand a high level of skill, judgment, and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skill.


About 90 per cent of apprenticeship, employers provide training in the workplace. The remainder involves classroom instruction and theory.


MTCU schedules in-school sessions and covers most of their cost.

Apprenticeship programs take 3 to 4 years to complete (depending on specific trade) as long as the apprentice is steadily employed and successfully completes the in-school training period.

Labour-management programs provide benefits like pensions, health coverage, and vacation funds through union membership. Apprentices are paid on an increasing wage scale, and do not pay for their education.

The most important benefits, however, are the skills that an apprentice possesses upon completion of his or her apprenticeship. Apprentices receive hands-on training on the job, and technical and theoretical training in the classroom.