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Customized Career Guide for Indigenous, Black, & racialized youth of the Waterloo Region District School Board

Want to learn more about the skilled trades? See below for a library of resources!


Build a Dream had the opportunity to partner with the Waterloo Region District School Board and developed a custom career guide to empower Indigenous, Black and racialized students within their community.

To obtain a PDF of the career guide, please to email David Pope, OYAP Co-ordinator, WRDSB.


Real People, Real Stories

The links below highlight amazing individuals working in the skilled trades. Click on their name to read about their career journey and gain insight on challenges they may have experienced and how they overcame them.

Agyei Peprah-Asiase – President and General Contractor – Paradise Construction
David Simon – Apprentice Powerline Technician, Hydro One Ltd.
Sheldon Williams – Powerline Technician, Hydro One Ltd.

Bobbi Day – General Machinist
Marnie Atuka – Moldmaker Apprentice, Laval Tool
Terri-Lynn Woods – Manager, Indigenous Engagement and Special Projects Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI)

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

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

Resume and Application Resources Provided by Lutherwood

Lutherwood offers a number of different Employment Programs through Kitchener, Cambridge, and Guelph. The best way to get connected with Lutherwood is by calling their main branch phone numbers and asking for help with their job search/exploring apprenticeships.

Kitchener 519-743-2460
Cambridge 519-623-9380
Guelph 519-822-4141

Resume Styles

Two styles of resumes to consider when applying for an apprenticeship are the Functional Resume and the Targeted Resume layouts. See below for a brief snapshot or go to the reference page at the back of the guide for more information.

Functional Resume
• Focus on relevant skills and abilities rather than work history
• Group your experience under different skill categories
• Can add both work and life experiences

Targeted Resume
• Tailored to a specific job posting
• Skills section lists exactly how you can do the job at hand
• Must be adapted for each new job application

Looking for ways to prepare for an interview? Click here to read Lutherwood’s Impressive Interviews booklet.


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Helpful Links

Apprenticeship in Ontario
Apprenticeship in Ontario A Complete List of the 144 Skilled Trades
Build a Dream’s Blog
– Career Advice & Day-in-the-Life Interviews
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
Skilled Trades Network & Resources
Career Coach (Conestoga College)
Discover educational programs and in-demand careers based on your interests!
Conference Board of Canada’s OpportuNext
See where your skills can take you!
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)
Prepare for an Apprenticeship
Waterloo Region District School Board

Waterloo Region District School Board – Mental Health & Wellbeing

Video Resources


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