APPRENTICESHIP


Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

HOW MANY SKILLED TRADES ARE THERE?

There are over 130 skilled trades that can be classified into five sectors - Construction, Industrial, Service, Motive Power and Human Services. For example, Brick & Stone Mason, Construction Boilermaker, Draftsperson, Electrician, Facilities Systems Technician, Heating System Mechanic, Industrial Electrician, Ironworker, Plumber, Autobody Repairer, Motive Power machinist, Small Engine Technician, Baker, Cook, Early Childhood Educator, Hairstylist, Child and Youth Worker, Horticulturist, Optics Technician, Painter and Decorator, Machinist, Glazier & Metal Mechanic, Industrial, Woodworker, Metal Mould Maker, Pattern Maker, Steel Fitter, Tool and Die Maker, Industrial Millwright.

WHAT DOES TRADE CERTIFICATION MEAN?

To be employed in certain skilled trades, workers must have a Certificate of Qualification. This certificate states that they have passed the provincial qualification exam that assesses their knowledge of their skilled trade. To write the provincial exam, applicants must prove they have experience in the trade.

WHAT IS THE ONTARIO YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Progam (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet secondary diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires an apprenticeship. For more information contact your local high school's cooperative education teacher.

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

  • A combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction
  • 80 - 90 per cent of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace
  • 10 - 20 per cent involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college, or provided through another approved training organization
  • The length of the apprenticeship varies depending on the trade.

WHY CHOOSE THE SKILLED TRADES?

  • Canada is going to have a dramatic demand for people with excellent technical skills training in the skilled trades and technologies
  • Many tradespeople today will be retiring in the next ten years leading to a shortage of skilled employees.
  • Skilled tradespeople earn high than average incomes.
  • Many skilled tradespeople own their own businesses.
  • 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies in the next two decades.

Follow one of the links below to get started:

www.oyaphwcdsb.com
Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Website.

Download Reference Chart of Trades
Learn what is needed for each trade the length of trade and course type.

apprenticesearch.com
Explore local apprenticeship opportunities, register as a job seeker, search employer database for opportunities in South Western Ontario.

womenbuildingfutures.com
Women Building Futures is a registered, not-for-profit, charitable organization that works to help women build better lives and achieve economic prosperity through training and mentorship.

skillswork.com
Explore the future in skilled trades

ciaa.org
Info on trades & occupations in the Auto Industry.

tcu.gov.on.ca
Want to work in the skilled trades? Employment Ontario has services right across Ontario that can help you become an apprentice.

mohawkcollege.ca
Mohawk College provides in-class training for many of the trades for those who are already registered and working in an apprenticeship position.