We meet with many job seekers who are considering a trade. A trade is a career choice requiring post-secondary training, however, instead of simply enrolling in a college or university program, a trade requires a majority of the training to be completed on-the-job.
For many a trade is an excellent career choice - though it can be a long road to sustainable employment. To become a tradesperson you will need to enroll as an apprentice and complete several years of on-the-job training.
The apprenticeship system can be complex to navigate. You’ll need to find an employer who is willing to train you as an apprentice and there will be in-class training and examinations for you to complete. The payoff, though, can be enormous – you’ll finish as a skilled tradesperson at a time when many trades are in demand in our labour market.
In Ontario, apprenticeships are regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. The College has many useful resources on its website. If you decide to pursue an apprenticesip, you will eventually be required to become a member of the Ontario College of Trades.
Use the resources in the Apprenticeships section of our website to start to understand the apprenticeship system, and consider working with an employment counsellor towards your goal of becoming a skilled tradesperson. Visit us at our Resource Centre: 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener.