Myth:

The skilled trades are not for students with good grades.

Reality:

If you like to work with your hands and are creative, the skilled trades are a good choice. These careers require people with strong skills in reading and writing, math and science.

Myth:

University is the only path to a good career.

Reality:

Working in the skilled trades is a great career choice. Canada is experiencing skills shortages, leading to higher wages and more job opportunities in a large number of trades.

Myth:

Skilled trade work is dirty, noisy and physically demanding.

Reality:

Most trades involve “hands-on” work and many tradespeople will tell you that they like to get their hands dirty. But for many, this type of work is far more rewarding than any desk job could be.

Myth:

Jobs in the trades are dead-end jobs.

Reality:

Apprenticeship is only the first step to a career in the trades. Once certified you can expect opportunities to advance to supervisory roles, management or even open your own business. The possibilities are endless.

Myth:

Women don’t have the physical strength to perform skilled trades.

Reality:

Skilled trades require dexterity, stamina, good hand-eye coordination and balance—not just physical strength. Women make excellent tradespeople.

WHY CONSIDER A CAREER IN TRADES?  

RESPECT  
OPPORTUNITY
GOOD PAY

This site will help you discover the facts about a career in the skilled trades and how an apprenticeship can help you earn while you learn.

"I liked working outdoors and I enjoyed the idea that the things I was helping to build would be there for a very long time and people would use the buildings that I helped create."

Jean-Luc Beaudry, Carpenter Apprentice, Winnipeg

 

Where do I Start?

In many jurisdictions, it is possible to gain experience in the skilled trades or start an apprenticeship while you’re still in high school.  Others come to the trades later and are making a career transition.  So long as you know the trade you want to pursue and the province/territory in which you plan to work, visiting your jurisdiction’s website is a good place to start for information and guidance.

  • Choosing a trade

    With more than 200 trades across Canada to choose from, finding the right one can seem challenging.  Here are some tips to help you identify what would be a perfect career choice for you.
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  • Finding an Employer

    Finding an employer is the first and often most difficult step in an apprenticeship. If the employer you’re interested in approaching doesn’t employ apprentices...
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  • Becoming Registered

    Once you’re hired, register by completing paperwork at your local apprenticeship office.  This office tracks your progress and ensures your apprenticeship is officially registered with the province or territory. 
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  • Grants and support

    There are several grants and other supports available from the federal government, although additional ones provided by the province/territory vary from one jurisdiction to the next. 
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