Conestoga is now accepting applications for new, tuition-free pre-apprenticeship programs. Funded by the Ontario government, the programs are part of a provincial initiative to support growth in high-demand jobs by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades. The programs will give participants experience with a skilled trades career and a head-start on achieving apprenticeship certification.
The Pre-Apprenticeship Truck and Coach/Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program begins this March at Conestoga’s Guelph campus and runs full-time for 23 weeks. The program features an additional eight-week practical work placement.
The Waterloo campus will start a Pre-Apprenticeship Welder program in May that runs full-time for 25 weeks. It also features an eight-week work placement.
Enrolment for both programs is limited to 24 spaces and interested candidates are required to attend an information session:
- Truck and Coach/Heavy Duty Equipment Technician: March 3, 4:00 p.m., Guelph campus
- Welder: March 10, 4:00 p.m., Waterloo campus
A third pre-apprenticeship program, also funded by the Ontario government and delivered in partnership with the YMCA Kitchener-Waterloo, is scheduled to begin this April at Conestoga’s Cambridge campus. The new Millwright/Food Processing for Women program provides hands-on training for 23 weeks and is followed by an eight-week paid work placement.