According to the Government of Ontario, one in five new jobs over this decade is expected to be in the skilled trades. With 156 regulated skilled trades in four sectors – construction, industrial, motive power and service – there is a lot of opportunity for anyone looking to break into the industry.
Getting into the skilled trades often requires hands-on work experience through an apprenticeship. To become an apprentice, candidates must find an employer to take them on as one. In most cases, to be eligible for an apprenticeship, applicants must be at least 16 years old, have their Ontario Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent and proof of the required education. A lot of employers also look for some trades experience before hiring someone as an apprentice – this is where pre-apprenticeship training helps. Pre-apprenticeship training offered at sources such as union centres, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and training programs such as those offered by The Centre for Skills Development & Training can help make candidates more marketable.
One of the key benefits of an apprenticeship is that apprentices are paid by their employer while they learn.
Most of their training involves hands-on practical work where they are taught by a skilled tradesperson – called a journeyperson – as well as a few weeks of school each year. Training is typically completed in two to five years. An apprentice who meets the requirements and passes their certification exam becomes a skilled tradesperson.
Skilled tradespeople are also paid very well. According to the Ontario College of Trades, some tradespeople make more $60,000 per year right out of school, while many can earn over $100,000 per year once they become established.
Interested in learning more? Register for our Apprenticeship Information Session at The Centre’s main location in Burlington on May 26 at 1 p.m. Contact us at 905-333-3499 ext. 140 or 1-888-315-5521 ext. 140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.