Description & Services
Description (Service)
  • Registration and support for new apprentices who have arranged a sponsoring employer 
  • Prior education and related work experience may be considered 
  • Consultation for sponsoring employers
Apprenticeship Scholarship  
  • $1000 scholarship upon completion of academic upgrading, for registered apprentices younger than 25 years who left school before completing the necessary academic requirements for registering in a trade, who are committed to achieving the necessary academic requirements within one year, and who demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades
$2000 Employer Signing Bonus 
  • Initiative encouraging employers or sponsors in the trades to register new apprentices who qualify for the apprenticeship scholarship
Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit 
    Refundable tax credit available to employers or sponsors who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades 
  • Maximum credit available to employers or sponsors is $5000 per qualifying apprentice per taxation year 
  • Employers and sponsors are eligible to receive the credit for three years
Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program (CODA)  
  • Allows college students to receive apprenticeship training while earning a diploma 
  • Registrants must meet apprenticeship requirements as well as all eligibility criteria for the specific college program (see individual listings) 
  • Apply directly through the college
Loans for Tools 
  • Interest-free loans to newly registered apprentices for purchase of tools 
  • Contact office for details on eligibility and amounts available
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) 
  • School-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools 
  • Students earn cooperative education credits in grades 11 and 12 through work placements in skilled trades 
  • Interested full-time high school students 16 years and older entering Grade 11 should contact their guidance counsellor, co-op education teacher or the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for the local school board or contact the local Apprenticeship Office
Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program 
  • Job skill development and trade readiness for unemployed individuals wanting careers in skilled trades 
  • Programs are at various community locations, and up to 52 weeks long including a minimum 8-12 week work placement 
  • Free, with costs covered for tuition, textbooks, safety equipment and tools
  • This office is not an exam centre
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 12:45 pm-4:30 pm
Areas Served Dryden
Eligibility Apprenticeship programs  
  • Persons 16 years or older with minimum Grade 10 education for construction trades (employers may ask for higher education) or minimum Grade 12 education (unless otherwise defined by specific trade regulation) for industrial, motive power and service trades  
  • See below for specific programs
  • Must be qualified to train an apprentice in the trade, be able to provide structured training and supervision, and pay wages according to regulations where appropriate
Application Apprenticeship programs  
  • Individuals must first find a sponsor (usually an employer) willing to hire and train them  
  • The individual then applies for the apprenticeship program online 
  • If the individual is eligible, local apprenticeship staff will contact the individual and sponsor to sign a training agreement
Foreign- trained professionals or trade certification candidates 
  • Contact the Ontario College of Trades for requirements for certification and evaluation of skills
Languages English ; French
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-223-4632
Toll Free Phone 1-800-734-9572
Fax 807-223-6374
Primary Contact Laura Sfreddo, Employment and Training Consultant; Email:
Primary Executive Gloria Mejia, Service Delivery Manager; Phone: 807-468-2620; Fax: 807-468-2881; Email:
Located In Community Dryden
Address Provincial Government Building
479 Government St, 1st Fl
Dryden, ON P8N 3K9
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Mailing Address c/o Provincial Government Building 
Box 4 
Suite 130 
Dryden, ON P8N 3K9
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development