Fleming College launches plumbing apprenticeship program

Fleming College has announced that it is launching a new plumbing apprenticeship program beginning this fall

Fleming’s plumbing apprenticeship program will take place at its Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre, Sutherland Campus, in Peterborough, ON. The facility features a unique girder structure that replicates a construction site.


Graduates of the apprenticeship program will be able to work as a plumber, pipefitter, contractor or supervisor in residential, commercial and industrial environments.

“There has been local demand for the program for several years, but capacity at all training providers had been limited to a defined number of spots, and Fleming College was filling those spots with electricians and carpenters,” says Pam Stoneham, Dean of the college’s School of Trades and Technology.


“In 2019-2020, there was a change at the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development that allowed for all training delivery agents (TDA) to increase their capacity,” says Stoneham. “Fleming jumped at the opportunity to service our local plumbing apprentices and sought the TDA status for this trade too.”


As well as work experience, the program includes three in-school training session levels (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced) that take place at Fleming’s Sutherland Campus in Peterborough, ON at the state-of-the-art Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre. “The three 8-week blocks of 240-hours of class are typically done one year after another. Following a level of training, the apprentice returns to work under the supervision of the journey person for the year,” says Stoneham. “Apprenticeship training is typically five years, a total of 9,000 hours; 8,280 hours of that time is spent on the job.


Stoneham says that only 20 per cent of the training will be online. “We are implementing the best of remote delivery practices learned through the pandemic and implementing it in the plumber apprenticeship program. The online learning component will limit the travel to campus to four days a week.”


To apply for the new program applicants must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and must be sponsored by an eligible employer.


For more information about the plumber apprenticeship program at Fleming, visit Plumber Apprenticeship Level One.