Learning the skills by doing the tasks
Apprenticeship is a form of practical training, where the learner needs to perform certain tasks based on industry standards before passing the program. It is very hands-on and practical in nature, so it is usually found in the skilled trades. The School of Transportation offers various apprenticeship programs ranging from pre-apprenticeship training, traditional apprenticeships, co-op diploma apprenticeships, and modified apprenticeships (MAPS).
A pre-apprenticeship training is a beginner program for students who need to find apprenticeship positions in employing organizations. The two programs are Automotive Service Technician Pre-Apprenticeship and Truck and Coach Pre-Apprenticeship. Students prepare for the on-the-job training with 12 weeks of classes for workplace communication, technical writing, and mathematical skills in the transportation field. The next 13 weeks is composed of hands-on training at Ashtonbee campus, while the final 12 weeks is the work placement.
As most programs, apprenticeship requires students to be already employed by a company in the industry. Traditional apprenticeships accept applications from currently employed professionals, where the new apprentices will go back to school to study the academic side of their craft, while still being employed in their jobs. Classes usually last for eight weeks, but it would depend on the trade. The on-the-job training at the company may take two to five years, also dependent upon the trade.
Modified apprenticeships use non-traditional periods of work and school time. Students should be employed by participating organizations, including Canadian Tire, Toyota Canada, General Motors of Canada, and Honda Canada. However, a successful interview can help students without jobs attain one. There are usually 32 weeks of in-class training and students need to complete a series of tasks before graduating from the apprenticeship program.
While the apprenticeship programs award students with a certificate, co-op apprenticeship programs award students with diplomas. With this high education, students spend extra hours in classes, learning about the theory, which includes management and customer service training. The first year consists of class time, the second year is with the in-school apprenticeship, and the final year is back to classes.
Apprenticeships are generally paid, so students can study in school and earn as apprentices. Companies have hired their apprentices in the past and consider Centennial College as a good training ground for workers. The graduate employment rate is very high for School of Transportation students.