Quick Facts

Service type: Employment, Youth, Newcomers, Disability, Trades Training, Women
Eligibility: 18 years; Legally entitled to work in Ontario; Grade 12 equivalency demonstrated through high school diploma or transcripts
Delivery: Virtual and in-person
Hours of Operation: Varies
Fee: Free
Program dates: Spring - Summer (Yearly)
Duration: 14 to 16 weeks of skills training followed by support in finding a job placement

Program Description

Many Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are offered at no cost to participants. These programs support newcomers to Canada and others with barriers to employment, giving them an opportunity to start a career in high-demand trades such as Plumbing, Electrical, Sheet Metal, Industrial Millwright, and/or Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems.


Interested applicants are assessed for grade 12 Math and English or equivalent , and are required to participate in Academic Upgrading to attain the communication and numeracy skills needed for entry into the skilled trades.


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs usually include:

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Level 1 Training in the Primary Trade and exposure to a Secondary Trade
  • Employability Skills Training
  • Safety training, e.g, tools, safety equipment transportation, and tech support
  • Assistance to search for a paid work placement


Program schedule


Academic Upgrading:

Duration: 3 to 5 weeks

Delivery: Online, part-time


Level 1 Training

Duration: 10 to 14 weeks

Delivery: In-person, full-time


Employability Skills & Safety Training

Duration: 2 weeks

Delivery: In-person and online, part-time


Opportunity for paid work placement

Duration: 8 weeks

Delivery: In-person


Program Benefits:

  • One-on-one career advisement to assist participants in obtaining employment
  • Opportunities for first-hand experience in operating tools and equipment used the trades
  • Support in job readiness, employability and retention
  • Opportunities to connect with WoodGreen employer-partners who are committed to providing meaningful employment


Frequent Asked Questions

  • Where can I find examples of Pre-Apprenticeship and Trades Programs?

    • To learn more about the George Brown College Industrial Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Program, visit their website.
    • In 2022 and 2023, we offered a CNC/Precision Machining Program. To learn more and join the waitlist for future cohorts, please click here. You can also read about the program in this article.
  • How do I apply and qualify for Pre-Apprenticeship or similar Trades programs?

    1. Please click on the “Register” button above to add your name to the contact list. We will contact you if/when registration opens up.
    2. Get the required documents ready: Canadian high school diploma (or equivalent) or credential assessment for overseas education.
    3. Refresh your English and Math skills to be better prepared for the Skills Assessment.
    4. Pass a Skills Assessment and attend a suitability interview.
  • Where can I have my credentials assessed?

  • Take an equivalency test or earn high school credits:

    If you are from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Türkiye, Ukraine, or Venezuela, you may be eligible for a referral to the WES Gateway Program. Please contact us at (416) 405-5281 or [email protected] for more information.

  • How can I prepare for the English & Math Skills Assessment?

  • I am a Refugee Claimant. Can I participate in a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

    Please call the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to enquire whether you would need a study permit. Those in receipt of an Authorization for Emergency Travel document and valid work-permit are generally eligible to participate, as long as all training activities (including work placement) do not exceed 6 months.

  • Am I guaranteed a placement or a job after the training?

    No, but we help eligible individuals to find an 8-week, paid work placement. To be eligible for employment support, you would need to meet attendance requirements for all courses, including employability skills training, do a mock interview, and actively participate in the placement/job search process.

  • Are work placements paid?

    Yes. Most employers pay minimum wage, but some pay a little more.

  • Would I be required to buy my own tools and safety equipment?

    No, pre-apprenticeship programs generally include boots, safety equipment, and tools without cost to participants.

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Ready to participate?

To add your name to the contact list for future Trades Programs, click below


Need help?

For more information about the program, download the flyer here.

Contact Information

WoodGreen's Trades Team Contact

(416) 405-5281


Monday to Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM


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