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its different up here man. oft times these pre employment courses work hand in hand with the provincial apprenticeship program, and you are credited with some levels of schooling (mostly 1 but i've heard of getting levels 1 and 2), and hours towards your field training.

i did one and it landed me an apprenticeship with the union. plus now ive only got 3 more levels of school to do. not all are "scams"
Here they can be beneficial but not always. I know that they find you placement for 6 months or so and the government pays part of your wage(incentive for employers). They do cover your Level 1 of school but you still have to write an exemption test and if you fail well you can either pay again to write or just end up going to school anyways. Your hours from the pre apprenticeship program DO count towards your hours of apprenticeship
 

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Ah alright. Around here you just work for a company and the good ones will pay for your schooling.
Basically the way it works in Ontario is you have to find a company willing to take you on as an apprentice. Pre apprenticeships have partnerships with some employers so when you finish the in school part of the program you go work for these employers. Pre-apprenticeship placements are subsidized by the government. You are still an employee of the company the government just pays part of or all of your wage for a pre determined amount of time. After that time you as a company owner can either keep the pre apprentice on and eventually sign him/her as an apprentice or get rid of them. Now some companies pay tuition here but it is not required....regardless the schooling is roughly 500 a Level for 3 Levels. The union pays there apprentices tuitions granted they pass. My benefits are catered towards construction trades so my benefits paid my tuition I just had to put the money upfront.

I think this who government subsidy came from the Economic Action Plan.
 
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