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From apprentice to entrepreneur

October 25, 2012 - Tags: Startup, Training

Sometimes the best way to learn something is to do it. Taking the leap to start a business in a skilled trade might be your dream, and learning from someone who is already in business may be the perfect place to start. Your journey to entrepreneurship could begin with apprenticeship.

So what are the benefits of choosing apprenticeship? As an apprentice, you:

  • Experience the work first hand
  • Learn the skills that are needed for your trade
  • Get paid while you train

You can choose from over 140 exciting trades that are part of apprenticeship programs in Ontario. When you enrol in a program, you will likely be trained in the workplace for 2 to 5 years. This hands-on training gives you the chance to learn about the industry directly and network with others in your field.

Another benefit of apprenticeship is the availability of financial support for you and your employer. As an apprentice, you may qualify for a scholarship or grant of up to $2,000 to help you pay for training or tools. Your employer may be eligible for the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit or financing to hire and train you as an apprentice in specific skilled trades.

For more information on apprenticeship and other business topics, visit I want to work in the trades or contact us.

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