Conestoga news

February 18, 2016 3:38 PM

Applications open for new pre-apprenticeship programs

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:

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. 

Visit the School of Trades and Apprenticeship website for more information about these programs, or contact Conestoga at (519) 885-0300 ext. 5484 or (519) 824-9390 ext. 5484.