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The Welder Apprenticeship program consists of on-the-job and in-school training. Generally, the time-frame to become competent in the trade of Welder is 6,000 hours (approximately three years) consisting of 5,280 hours of on-the-job work experience and 720 hours of in-school training.
On-the-Job Training: Apprentices gain on-the job training experience at their place of employment. The skills (set out by the trade’s Apprenticeship Training Standard) are competencies recognized by the welding industry as essential to the practice of the trade. As competencies are developed, the apprentice’s sponsor (employer) signs the relevant sections of the training standard to indicate that the apprentice has met the individual training objectives by demonstrating the skills required.
In-School Training: Technical Training Group (TTG) is a Training Delivery Agent (106A) for the in-school portion of the Welder (456A) apprenticeship program. The program is funded in part by The Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD).
This training includes three levels of theoretical training. Regular evaluations and testing of the apprentices knowledge and skills are conducted throughout the training to ensure that all apprentices have achieved the learning outcomes identified in the Welder Curriculum Standard.
TTG’s in-school training is delivered annually, and is a part-time evening delivery model which runs from September – June. This training is delivered in Stratford, Ontario at Stratford District Secondary School (SDSS) 428 Forman Ave, (TTG Site 1).
To learn more, review Apprenticeship Eligibility Requirements
Upon successful completion of the 6,000 hours of apprenticeship training:
Tuesday & Thursday
Apprentice Fee $500
Book & Supplies $450
Total: $950 (no HST)
Monday & Wednesday
Apprentice Fee $300
Book & Supplies $450
Total: $750 (no HST)
October - June
Tuesday & Thursday
Apprentice Fee $400
Book & Supplies $550
Total: $950.00 (no HST)
*T2202 tax receipts are provided for tuition, pro-rated based on attendance and number of classes. All fees must be paid in full before tax receipts can be issued.
If you have any questions, or require additional information, contact us at 519-801-8641, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to limited seat availability, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
To secure your seat you must register online via the form below and pay your Apprentice and Books & Supplies fees:
An email verifying confirmation of your seat and a receipt for payment will be sent within 7 business days of TTG receiving full payment of Tuition and Books & Supplies fees.
If you do not receive this confirmation email or have any questions or concerns, call (519) 801-8641 or email email@example.com.
STEP 1 - Once you have an employer sponsor, you need to submit an apprenticeship application online to the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD). Visit https://www.eoss.tcu.gov.on.ca/AOL/training/prerequirements
STEP 2 - If your application is approved, the Ministry will:
STEP 3 - Once your training agreement is registered, you have 90 days to apply for membership with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT). You must be a member of OCOT to work as an apprentice. For more information visit https://www.collegeoftrades.ca/membership/become-a-member
STEP 4 – You and your employer will receive your Offer of Classroom Training from the MLTSD by email approximately 90 days prior to the start of the in-class training. Please reference this Offer of Classroom Training to locate your class number, training dates and classroom fee. *Note this offer from the MLTSD does NOT include TTG’s Books and Supplies fee.
If you need assistance, have additional questions, or have not received your Offer of Classroom Training, contact your local MLTSD Apprenticeship Office:
London Office (1-800-265-1050), 1200 Commissioners Rd E Unit 72, London, ON N5A 4R3
Kitchener Office (1-866-877-0099), 4275 King Street E Suite 200, Kitchener, ON N2P 2E9
STEP 5 - You can NOW register with TTG for your apprenticeship in-class training.
In 2018, the Government of Canada announced an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women entering, progressing and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/apprentices/grants.html
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000.00 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/apprentices/grants.html
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time, taxable cash grant with a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/apprentices/grants.html
Interested in an apprenticeship? You need to first find an employer who will sponsor you as an apprentice. For more information on how to find a sponsor, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship#section-3
If you are interested pursuing a career in the skilled trades and are not sure where to start – explore a Pre-Apprenticeship program. These programs are a great way to develop the job skills and trade-readiness needed to start on the path towards an apprenticeship. TTG offers Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs that provide an opportunity to gain the skills required to secure employment in the skilled trades and help set you on the path towards securing an apprenticeship. For more information visit Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs.