Apprenticeships combine job experience with technical training. Apprenticeship in Ontario is the responsibility of the provincial government, which offers apprenticeship studies in a variety of fields. Apprenticeships are available to adult and youth learners.

Apprenticeships are available to high school students through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a secondary school cooperative education program that allows students to participate in an apprenticeship occupation, while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

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People usually retrain after a job loss, to improve skills, or to change careers. Newcomers sometimes encounter challenges when looking for a job. If you are finding it difficult to find work in your field, one possible alternative is retraining. In Huron County, we have access to a variety of local and government programs that can help. The Second Career is one such government retraining program. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for more information.


A volunteer is someone who chooses to help an organization or group without receiving payment for their services. Volunteering is a great way to build social networks, develop professional connections, and gain work experience in Canada. Visit the links below for a listing of available volunteer opportunities:

Learning Resources

  • Four County Labour Market Planning Board plays a leadership role in the development of innovative labour market strategies by providing reliable research; identifying employment trends; targeting workforce opportunities; promoting skills development; and raising public awareness of workforce issues.
  • Guide for Foreign-Trained Trades people: In Ontario, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, through its Workplace Support Services offices, helps trades people to obtain recognition of their trade qualifications and experience, or to enter an apprenticeship. Trades people who have enough related work experience to meet Ontario standards and who pass a written examination receive a Certificate of Qualification.
  • Ontario Network for Internationally Trained Professionals will help you find employment and build a career in your professional field. You will find information on licensing and employment options, that exist in your field. There is also help in learning the English language terminology used in your professions and opportunities to network with other professionals.


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