Skilled Trades

Find Out More About a Career in Skilled Trades

There are over 140 different skilled trades in Ontario, each with its own pathway. Learn about the pathway, understand the qualifications, what education you need and the length of time as an apprentice before becoming a certified journey personSkilled Trades workers have identified that they enjoy working in the trades as:

   - They feel alive at work because they use both their body and their mind.
   - Experience “work / life balance” as they are able to leave work at work and get paid when they work overtime.
   - Trades people have “skills security” and do not experience anxiety about job security.
   - Earn money while learning their trade.
   - Skilled Trades people have the opportunity to work as an employee, operate their own business or become an instructor in their trade.


What is an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is an agreement and partnership between an employer and you, and requires both of you to register with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. An apprenticeship is paid while completing on-the-job training, work experience and technical training in a trade. Over the training period, 80% of the time is spent on-the-job with a qualified tradesperson and 20% of the time spent at a college or an approved training organization. Once completed, you will receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship or a Certificate of Qualification, issued by the ministry. This is called your "Ticket" and means you are now a highly skilled trades person or journey person as certified apprentices are known. It is up to you to find the employer who wants to take you on as an apprentice, however there is help available.

Why young people should consider a career in the Skilled Trades

Important changes are occurring in the skilled trades. The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance is thrilled that the Ontario government is taking action to bring back trades training into our schools and promote these careers as a first choice.


Get to Know the People Behind Ontario's Skilled Trades Careers

Explore different types of Construction jobs in Ontario. Learn about the work environment and job requirements from workers who love what they do. Job Talks introduces students, parents, teachers and counsellors to exciting careers in the skilled trades industry. Hear why they chose their career, how they entered into it, and discover a new world of meaningful work.

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Explore More Skilled Trades Careers in the Industrial, Service and Motive Power Sectors

Watch interviews with Tradespeople to learn why this type of work interests them and their pathway to enter their field.

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Lift & Move

Lift & Move was a one day event hosted by MATCOM on May 30, 2019 to showcase the career opportunities in the crane, rigging and specialized transport industry. The video highlights career paths for rigging, equipment operation, mechanics, truck drivers, crane operators, engineering and safety.  This industry offers a variety of different careers where individuals can gain valuable skills, grow their career and earn competitive industry wages.

In Demand Skilled Trades In York Region

The Government of Ontario has made a clear commitment to attract more people to the skilled trades and to encourage more employers to hire apprentices. The Workforce Planning Board of York Region was invited to undertake an In-Demand Skilled Trades Project to provide local insights on labour market conditions for skilled trades in York Region and to obtain employer perspectives on the operations of the apprenticeship system. This report provides a summary of what we learned and includes a review of labour market statistics related to apprentices and journey persons, feedback from employer interviews and focus groups, as well as additional insights we gained from our research project. 


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