Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked

Support Ontario Youth (SOY) does not offer apprenticeships or pre-apprenticeship programs. When you are applying to SOY, it is for a job opportunity with an employer who is looking to hire an apprentice. As a group sponsor, we work with employers who have partnered with us to register, sponsor, and support their apprentices. Apprentices who are working for a SOY employer and are sponsored by us, will receive mentorship, support, and guidance throughout their apprenticeship journey.

At Support Ontario Youth, there is no age requirement to apply. We help and support youth and adults of all ages.

However, it’s important to note that if you’re interested in becoming an apprentice, you must be at least 16 years of age.

Research the trade that you’re interested in. Find out what the requirements are, including safety certificates required, how many years it will take to complete that an apprenticeship in that trade, skills needed and more. The Skilled Trades Ontario website has information on all 144 trades in Ontario, and provides insight on the journey, expectations and more. Please visit their website to start your research: https://www.skilledtradesontario.ca/about-trades/trades-information/

To pursue that trade, enhance your resume and cover letter, and seek relevant employment or volunteer roles such as general labourer, helper, or maintenance assistant. Utilize job search websites, cold-calling, networking, and other methods to discover suitable opportunities.

Yes, if you have experience from your co-op program, be sure to include this information in your resume and cover letter. Ensure the information on your resume reflects the trade you are applying to and be sure that you’re highlighting your strengths and skill level.

While we are unable to assist those residing outside of Canada directly, we are committed to offering support through valuable resources. If you are enthusiastic about exploring opportunities in the skilled trades and currently reside outside of Canada, please feel free to reach out to us via email at info@supportontarioyouth.ca. We'd be more than happy to provide guidance and resources to help you on your journey.

Support Ontario Youth is a not-for-profit organization that supports apprentices, employers, and all stakeholders in the skilled trades industry by streamlining and simplifying the apprenticeship journey. Our goal is to modernize the apprenticeship pathway by becoming a complete and transparent resource for those looking to enter the skilled trades.

Yes, you can apply to work as an apprentice. However, you will not be able to attend the levelled schooling (theory) portion of your education, which is required to complete your full apprenticeship. To receive offers of levelled schooling, you must be a permanent resident in Canada.

To be a legal apprentice in Ontario, you must have an active Registered Training Agreement (RTA). Your employer, or group sponsor, can register you. Once you have an RTA, you are legally an apprentice in Ontario. For compulsory trades, you must also be registered through Skilled Trades Ontario - https://www.skilledtradesontario.ca/

To apply for an apprenticeship in Ontario, you should be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of Grade 10 or Grade 12, depending on the trade.

Keep in mind that certain unions and colleges might have additional high school course requirements for admission. If you're considering college or a union, reach out to them directly to understand their specific requirements, as they may vary.

For entry-level candidates with no prior experience, it's crucial to actively seek opportunities to gain valuable skills and expertise. Volunteering or working in roles like general labourer, landscaping, or maintenance assistance can be beneficial. These experiences demonstrate your familiarity with tools, adaptability to various weather conditions, proficiency in manual labor, the ability to work at heights or in confined spaces, and knowledge and exposure to the work landscape – all of which are essential in the skilled trades and are transferable skills that you can highlight.

Additionally, consider investing in essential tools, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and obtaining safety training certificates to showcase your readiness for the job. Having a valid driver's license and/or reliable transportation to reach the job site is equally important.

Persistence is key in this process. Make proactive efforts by contacting employers, and whenever possible, present a well-tailored resume. Exude confidence, passion, and tenacity during interviews to leave a lasting impression.

Remember, every opportunity you embrace contributes to your growth and makes you more appealing to potential employers.

This Employment Ontario Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.