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An apprenticeship can be a pathway to a rewarding career in the trades. As an apprentice, you take classes at college and learn your trade by working under the direction of experienced workers.  You also get paid as an apprentice.  

 What is an apprenticeship? 

A skilled trade is a career path that typically requires more hands-on work and specialized knowledge. We often see skilled-trade workers supply key services like building/maintain infrastructure (I.e., homes, schools, roads, parks). They also keep industries running and provide services we rely on daily, like hairstyling, food preparation or social services. Some of the benefits of having a career in skilled trades include: 

  • Highly requested jobs & services and great earning potential  
  • Using state of the art technology  
  • Being paid while learning on-the-job 
  • Many paths to advance/specialize in  
  • Transferable skills  

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the trades will need to find a licensed apprentice sponsor to get certified.  Taking co-op in high school is a great way to make connections, network, get hands on training and even start accumulating apprenticeship hours while through our Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

There are over 140 Skilled Trades recognized in Ontario and they fall into the following sectors:  construction, industrial, transportation and service. 

Updated on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
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