When people think about the skilled trades, several immediately spring to mind – electrician, plumber, welder, carpenter, for example. But opportunities in the skilled trades are much more extensive. From hairstylist to cook, painter to landscaper, automotive service technician to crane operator – and so many more. List of Trades in Ontario
What is the first step in becoming a tradesperson? Investigate our Technology courses and programs to find an area that interests you. St. FX offers courses in: Construction, Technological Design, Hospitality and Tourism, Communications Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Hairstyling and Aesthetics, and many more in the dual credit program. Co-op! Co-operative education is available to students in Gr. 10-12 and can provide valuable on the job experiences for your future apprenticeship in addition to earning credits.
Also ask your Guidance Counsellor and/or Co-op teacher about: Destination Employability Program (DEP) Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Transportation or the Justice, Community Safety and Emergency Services at St. FX or one of our school boards other SHSM programs listed here.
When I leave St. FX what is the next step to entering into my trade? To become a trades person you must first become an apprentice. Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual (apprentice) who wants to learn a trade and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a way to learn job skills while you work and earn good wages. Apprenticeship combines classroom study with on-the-job experience that lets you earn a living while you learn a skilled trade. An apprenticeship program leads to professional certification as a journeyperson.
You must find an employer who is willing to hire and train you. Most people apply directly to an employer, union or local committee.
In School Training To complete an apprenticeship you will likely need to complete an in-class portion of your training. You will not be able to register for this until you have been accepted as an apprentice and started your training. Below is the link to the Apprenticeship training programs offered at Algonquin College. algonquincollege.com/ro/plan-getting-accepted-into-college/apprenticeships/