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Starter Guide for Exploring Skilled Trades

A Starter Guide for Exploring Skilled Trades!

This FREE guide highlights some of Ontario’s 144 skilled trades and how to access these exciting careers!

  • Discover in-demand & emerging careers
  • Packed with advice from professionals in skilled trades
  • Includes worksheets for brainstorming your ideas
  • Learn what to do while in high school

Trades are in high demand and offer endless opportunities for growth!


What did your skilled trades journey look like?

We spoke with pros in each sector to give you a look into their unique journeys.

CONSTRUCTION
Agyei Peprah-Asiase – President and General Contractor – Paradise Construction
Delaney Krieger, 2nd Year Carpenters Apprentice
David Simon – Apprentice Powerline Technician, Hydro One Ltd.
Sheldon Williams – Powerline Technician, Hydro One Ltd.

INDUSTRIAL
Bobbi Day – General Machinist
Marnie Atuka – Moldmaker Apprentice, Laval Tool

MOTIVE POWER
Christel Nelson – Licensed Automotive Service Technician, Finch Hyundai
Samridhi Sharma, Automotive Service Technician & 2nd Year Truck & Coach Apprentice

SERVICE
Darren Jansen – Hair Stylist and Entrepreneur, Nice People
Andrea Biado – Barber and Entrepreneur, Bloc East
Noan Agtarap – Chef

Where can trades take you?

What steps happen along your learning path and what happens after an apprenticeship ends? There’s not a single answer to this as your trades journey can go in many directions and your eventual journeyperson status can lead to an endless list of possibilities! We spoke to tradespeople about where they started and where their certification has taken them:

#HerPower Tools Program

In partnership with WFS Ltd. and Milwaukee Tool, the #HerPower Tools program is designed to encourage young women to pursue a youth apprenticeship or post-secondary skilled trades program or apprenticeship. Students can apply for the chance to win one of 100 tool bags filled with job essentials (a $150 value!).

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