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What is an Apprenticeship?

  • A hands on training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade.
  • 90% of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers.
  • 10% involves classroom instruction through college or another approved training organization that is organized by your employer.

How do I become an Apprentice?

  • You need to find an employer who wants to hire an apprentice.


Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities


Ontario Colleges

Applying to College

NOTE: There is a fee associated with this application.


Applying to University

  • Students apply to the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).
  • Students will need to enter their PIN number to access their account (PIN numbers are generated by OUAC and are available in the guidance office in Early December).

NOTE: There is a fee associated with this application.

See the attached Powerpoint presentation put together by the Conestoga College Student Financial Services office.

Bursary: an amount of money you receive to help finance your education that you do not have to pay back; usually awarded based on financial need.

Scholarship: money you receive that helps finance your education that you do not have to pay back; usually awarded based on academic merit.

OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program is a needs based program that provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their post-secondary education. Applications for the upcoming academic year are typically available in late spring (see the OSAP website).

Coop Programs: Many post-secondary programs offer COOP programs which allow you enhance your education by gaining valuable career-related work experience. These programs are often paid positions which allow you to save money while going to school. More information can be found by researching specific post-secondary institutions.

Lines of Credit: Banks often have loans/lines of credit for students. These lines of credit often have favorable interest rates and accommodating pay back terms. Inquire at your bank for more information.

Financial Assistance Websites – see scholarship tab

Watch the Guidance news in the announcements for sign-up information for college and university visits throughout the first semester. Some colleges and universities also hold “open houses” so you can go visit their sites.

September 23, 2017
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October 25, 2017
  • 1:00 pm: Univ/Coll visit: University of Waterloo & St. Jerome's

October 26, 2017
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October 31, 2017
November 6, 2017
  • 1:00 pm: Univ/Coll visit: University of Toronto (all campuses)

November 8, 2017
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November 14, 2017
  • 1:00 pm: Univ/Coll visit: University of Ontario Institute of Technology

November 27, 2017