Why Consider a career in the trades?

  • Respect
  • Opportunity
  • Good pay

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. Learn more

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... Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more