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Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate
Part-time, evenings, 25 weeks
Stratford, Clinton, Listowel
  • FREE Tuition
  • State-of-the-art training facilities
  • In-school training and on-the-job experience
  • 8-week paid work placement
  • Training delivered by instructors who are experienced and licensed journeypersons

About the Programs

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades, TTG offers 25-week Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs in three locations and Tuition is FREE!

These programs are a great way to gain exposure to three related trades to learn the basic theory and practical knowledge needed to get entry-level work in the skilled trades. All programs culminate in a paid 8-week work placement.

Our programs will set you ahead of the competition by helping you develop the job skills and trade readiness you need to start a career in the skilled trades and work towards securing an apprenticeship.

In-School Training: The primary trade exposure is Welding/Metal Fabricator, with secondary exposure to the General Machinist trade. The training includes 17 weeks of in-school theory, hands-on practical training, trade math, blueprint reading, employment preparation and safety training. Regular evaluations and testing of knowledge and skills are conducted throughout the training to ensure that you have achieved the learning outcomes identified for this program.

On-the-Job-Training: Upon completion of the in-school training, trainees will participate in an 8-week, entry level, paid work placement with a local manufacturing employer. This placement provides the opportunity for you to apply and refine the skills you have learned and gain on-the-job work experience.

  • Eligible to work in Ontario
  • Secondary School Diploma or GED
  • Unemployed, working part-time less than 20 hours per week, or underemployed (people who work full-time can be considered for these programs)
  • Age 18+
Program Information

Three programs will run in three locations throughout the year:


Stratford District Secondary School

428 Forman Avenue, Stratford


DELIVERY: Starts May 23, 2023


Central Huron Secondary School

165 Princess Street East, Clinton


DELIVERY: Starts July 4, 2023


Listowel District Secondary School

155 Maitland Street South, Listowel


DELIVERY: Starts Sept. 11, 2023

Pre-Apprenticeship Curriculum Breakdown
  • Welding/Metal Fabrication
  • Machining
  • Trade Math & Blueprint Reading
  • Employment Preparation
  • Work Placement
  • 120
  • 60
  • 35
  • 10
  • 320
Additional Components
  • Health & Safety Training
  • Workplace First Aid + CPR, WHMIS

TTG's Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs are also delivered through partnerships with The Centre for Employment & Learning, Conestoga Career Centre, Adult Learning Programs of Perth, Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board and Avon Maitland District School Board.

Application Process

There are limited spots available in our Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs. To be considered for any of these programs, you will first need to submit an application.

How to Apply

Fill out and submit the online application form below. Please note: You will be asked as part of this process to also provide a copy of your resume.

If you are unable to access this form online and would prefer a pdf or printed version, please contact us at 519-801-8641.

Selection Process
  1. Applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility.
  2. Applicants will be notified by telephone and email to participate in a person interview. Applicants will be asked to email their resume prior to the Interview to
  3. Applicants should bring to the interview:
  • A copy of Secondary School Diploma or GED
  • A copy of their current Resume
  • A copy of any Safety Training Certifications
  • Contact information for 3 personal or employment references
  1. From amongst the interview applicants, up to 15 potential candidates for each program will be selected to participate in Assessment Testing.
  2. If you are asked to attend the Assessment:
    • Testing will take place at a designated service provider location or online.
    • Assessments will determine if any additional upgrading is necessary in Math or English to successfully complete the training.
    • Candidates will sign Consent for Release of Personal Information forms giving permission to release test results to TTG and sharing with program delivery partners
    Acceptance Notification

    12 Candidates will be selected for EACH program based on their personal interview, references and assessment results. Successful candidates will be notified by phone and email.

    If you have any questions or require additional  information, contact us at 519-801-8641, or

    Application Form

    Program Curriculum

    Welder/Metal Fabricator (120 Hours)

    This course provides hands-on and theoretical classes in basic welding to prepare participants for an entry-level position in the industry and the fundamentals for pursuing a career in the field. The participants will use industry grade tools and equipment throughout the course when completing projects.

    Course Outcomes

    Successful completion of this course will enable the trainee to undertand:

    • Design and fabrication of metal projects
    • Basics of Metallurgy
    • Reading and working with a variety of shop drawings to complete welding jobs
    • Identification and interpretation of weld symbols
    • Importance of selection and preparation of materials, equipment settings, layout procedures and material preparation
    • Set-up, adjustment of flame and gas pressure and shut-down procedures for oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment
    • Creation of basic weld joints in a variety of positions and processes including GMAW (MIG), and SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc) and applied according to required standards
    • Fundamental causes of distortion and describe the factors affecting distortion
    • Methods used to prevent distortion
    • Post-welding procedures
    • Inspection and troubleshooting of welding projects
    General Machining (60 Hours)

    This course provides the basic skills required to pursue a career in the machining field. Each trainee will be able to develop their skill set by completing projects focusing on basic machining techniques and utilizing a variety of machines. The trainee will be using industry grade equipment throughout the course when completing projects.

    Course Outcomes

    Successful completion of this course will enable the trainee to understand:

    • Working with files and other hand tools
    • Machining terms and methods
    • Calculating speeds and feeds used in machining various materials
    • Parts of milling machine and lathe
    • Material removal and drilling using a milling machine
    • Turning, facing and drilling using a lathe
    • How to cut off material using a horizontal band-saw
    • Interpreting basic blueprint drawings and prepare free-hand sketches
    • Utilizing measuring instruments such as micrometers and vernier calipers
    • Use of layout equipment
    • Various setup, clamping and work holding techniques
    Hand Tools/Power Tools

    By the end of the course, trainees will be able to properly describe the safety precautions of hand tools and power tools in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and approved industry standards. Trainees will identify and gain knowledge in the use of various hand tools and power tools used throughout industry, including tools particular to the welder/metal fabricator and machining trades.

    Trade Math

    The introductory trade calculations course focuses on basic arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry using practical workplace examples. This course is designed to prepare the trainee for practical applications and subsequent learning in the Welding/Metal Fabrication and Machining fields.

    Applied Blueprint Reading Overview

    Trainees will be able to describe the content and organization of drawings as well as understand the purpose of common types of lines, common views and presentations found on drawings. Trainees will perform basic drafting and sketching operations and apply layout and fitting techniques to perform assigned shop projects.

    Employment Preparation

    These classes are designed to prepare trainees for moving successfully into the workplace. Classes will focus on completing Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps, resume writing and building interview skills.

    Healthy & Safety Training

    This course covers safe material handling operations, Industrial Safety Acts and potential workplace hazards in accordance with government safety regulations, manufacturers' recommendations and approved industry standards.

    Certification training such as Workplace First Aid + CPR, and WHMIS awareness training will be done at strategic points in the program and prior to work placement.

    Work Placement (320 hours/ Approx 8 Weeks)

    Trainees must complete a 320 hour work placement in a related field. Trainees will interview for a paid job placement within the local business community with employers receiving a wage subsidy to help offset the work placement wages. The goal of this placement is to help trainees transition into an entry level position in the trades (as a welder, metal fabricator or machinist) and provide a stepping stone towards gaining an apprenticeship.

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    These programs are funded by the Government of Ontario.

    TTG's Pre-Apprenticeship Multiple Trades Exposure Programs are also delivered through partnerships with the Centre for Employment & Learning, Conestoga College and Partners in Employment

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