A foundation program allows you to learn the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a trade. It is typically taught in both a classroom and in-school shop setting. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain some experience and familiarity with the trade to make it easier for you to find an employer who will sponsor your apprenticeship.
Foundation programs were previously called Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) programs. They cover material related to one or more apprenticeship programs and generally also provide credit towards completion of an apprenticeship. For example, if you complete the Piping foundation program, you will receive credit for level 1 technical training and 375 work-based training hours when you register as an apprentice in either the Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter or Sprinkler System Installer programs.
Your first step is to decide which trade you are interested in. Check Trade Programs to find out about programs available.