Ontario Apprenticeship Scholarship and Employer Signing Bonus
The $1,000 Apprenticeship Scholarship and $2,000 Employer signing bonus initiative encourages employers to hire, register and train an apprentice and also provides support to individuals who require upgrading to meet the academic eligibility requirements for apprenticeship training in their chosen trade.
This initiative will assist employers to hire and register as apprentices, individuals who have left school prior to completing the minimum academic requirements for apprenticeship registration. Applicants must first complete their academic upgrading in order to become a registered apprentice.
Apprenticeship Scholarship - Eligibility Requirements:
To qualify for an apprenticeship scholarship, the participant must:
- Demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades/apprenticeship
- Be unable to meet the academic eligibility requirement for the trade in which they wish to register as an apprentice.
- Be committed to meeting the necessary academic requirements for their chosen apprenticeship program within one year.
Apprenticeship scholarships are awarded to participants through two payments:
- An initial $500 payment when the individual is registered for upgrading; and,
- A final $500 payment when the individual has successfully completed upgrading, is employed and has a registered apprenticeship training agreement or contract with the ministry.
Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus for Employers - Eligibility Requirements:
To qualify for a signing bonus, the employer must:
- Meet all requirements of employers participating in training incentive placements, as per section 3.4 of the ES program guidelines.
- Commit to a relevant apprenticeship training plan for the participant, as part of an ES Training Incentive Placement Agreement.
Signing bonuses are awarded to the employer in two payments:
- An initial $1,000 payment when an individual's apprenticeship training agreement or apprenticeship contract is signed/registered with the ministry; and
- A final $1,000 payment six months from the apprenticeship signing/registration date if the apprentice is still working and training with the same employer.
The employer may also be eligible for a training incentive that can be negotiated depending on the duration of the participant apprentice's placement with the employer and complexity of the participant's training plan. More information may be obtained from the Employer Services section at Community Employment Services.
Locally, contact Employer Services at Community Employment Services in Woodstock for more information and to register.
See Apprenticeship Scholarship at the Employment Ontario website.