Get a competitive advantage and show the public that your business understands the value of hiring trained and certified professionals. Learn how joining the College’s Employers/Sponsors Class can benefit your business.
What are the Benefits of Membership?
Let the College help your business distinguish itself from the competition. According to an Ipsos Reid Poll, most Ontarians see membership in the College as a competitive advantage when seeking out services from skilled trades professionals.
Promote Your Business
Attract new customers and gain consumers’ confidence in your services. As a member, your business is listed in the College’s searchable Public Register—a tool consumers use to confirm the qualifications of College members. Show customers that you care about providing high quality work done right.
Attract Loyal Employees
Your membership in the College shows you value your employees’ hard-earned skills and are committed to standards of quality. Qualified, loyal employees are the foundation of the business you worked hard to build. Those searching for a rewarding career in the skilled trades want to learn from—and work for—leaders like you.
Training an ApprenticeThe Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and the Ontario College of Trades (College) share responsibility for Ontario’s apprenticeship system. MAESD is responsible for registering Registered Training Agreements (RTAs). The College is responsible for promoting the benefits of apprenticeship programs and ensuring apprentices adhere to their legal requirements to work in Ontario.
If you have questions about your business’s eligibility to train an apprentice, questions about Registered Training Agreements, or need assistance at any point during your training of an apprentice, please contact one of the MAESD Apprenticeship offices.
The Five Steps of Hiring and Training ApprenticesYour time, guidance and expertise in training apprentices helps ensure Ontario is equipped with future skilled professionals. Thank you for investing in the future of Ontario’s highly trained workforce.
The five steps below will guide you through the process of hiring and training the next generation of Ontario’s trades professionals.
Step 1: Assess Your Training Ability
Before you begin the process of hiring an apprentice, it’s important to make sure you have the capacity to do so.
The below checklist will help you determine your business’s ability to train an apprentice.
Ensure your business has the proper equipment, materials, facilities and qualified staff to train an apprentice.
Make sure your business follows the journeyperson to apprentice ratios prescribed to your trade. Under the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Act), journeyperson to apprentice ratios are set at one-to-one for all trades with ratios, and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities has the power to make additional regulations surrounding journeyperson to apprenticeship ratios.
Identify qualified people in your business who will train the apprentice.
Ensure you can comply with wage rates, if applicable.
Step 2: Identify Your Apprentice
After you’ve determined you have the capacity to properly train an apprentice, your next step is to find an apprentice who is a good fit for your business.
The below checklist will help you find the right apprentice for your business.
Confirm the apprentice is at least 16 years of age and meets the minimum education requirements for the trade.
Use a variation of search methods to identify potential apprentices, including:
• Asking current employees,
• Advertising in newspapers or on credible online job boards such as Ontario Job Bank,
• Exploring the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP); connecting with local secondary schools, and
• Speaking with trade associations, colleges, or unions.
Step 3: Register Your Apprentice
Once you’ve determined the individual you would like to train as your apprentice, it’s time to formally register them as an apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).
The below checklist will help you take the right steps to register your apprentice.
Contact your local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) apprenticeship office to sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA).
Know the financial benefits. There are many financial benefits that employers can take advantage of, including the Employer Signing Bonus.
After a RTA has been signed, your apprentice must become a member of the College’s Apprentices Class.
Note: This is a legal requirement. If your apprentice does not become a member of the College and maintain their membership, their RTA will be cancelled. Apprentices in compulsory trades cannot legally work with a cancelled RTA.
Step 4: Train Your Apprentice
As the employer/sponsor, you are responsible for training your apprentice on the skills set out in the Apprenticeship Training Standard.
The below checklist will keep you on track during your apprenticeship training.
Review the Apprenticeship Training Standard regularly with your apprentice.
Sign off on the skills as your apprentice acquires them.
Make sure the apprentice is able to attend his or her scheduled classroom training.
Keep MAESD informed of any changes to your business information or the Registered Training Agreement.
Apply for the financial benefits available.
Step 5: Finalize Training & Complete Paperwork
The below checklist will help you finalize important training documents and provide the right information to the right people.
Confirm that the trainer and apprentice have signed-off on the skills in the training standard.
Complete the Apprentice Completion Form.
Notify MAESD staff once your apprentice has completed their workplace training.
Apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus (180-day deadline).
Direct your apprentice to the College’s website for study tips and steps for scheduling their Certificate of Qualification exam (if applicable).
Useful Links & ResourcesFinancial Incentives
Financial Resources for Employers
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) apprenticeship offices in Ontario
Employer Benefits of Apprenticeship
Did you know?
You can get free membership in the Employers/Sponsors class with existing membership in the College’s Journeypersons Class. If you’re already a member of the College’s Journeypersons Class, you can become a member of the College’s Employers/Sponsors class without paying any additional fees.
For assistance on completing the College’s Member Application Form, call our client services department toll-free at 1-855-299-0028 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.