What is an apprenticeship?


Apprenticeship is learning new skills on-the-job and in-class, all while earning wages. As a type of post-secondary education, apprenticeship is a three-way agreement between you (the apprentice), your employer and the provincial government. There are over 140 apprenticeship positions within four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power or services.

  • Read more about Apprenticeships at


Here are some great videos we found on the Discover Skills BC website.

Select the trade category that interests you and watch the video of a student doing the trade they love. For some of these trades you can also watch “a day in the life” video or read an interview with an actual tradesperson to see if this trade is something you’d like to explore as a possible career.

Here's one example:

Which trade should I pick? has great information and videos about all trades...

Some things to check out:

Trades are grouped in four categories:

CONSTRUCTION, such as, Electrician; Brick and Stone Mason; Ironworker; Construction Millwright, etc. read more...

INDUSTRIAL, including, Tool & Die Maker; General Machinist; even Blacksmith

SERVICE, such as, Cook; Appliance Service; Baker; Parts Technician; Hairstylist, read more...

MOTIVE POWER, including, Auto Body Repairer; Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician, read more...

  • If you live in Ontario, you can even register with them, and they will help you find work.

Working with GREAT

Grand River Employment and Training (Six Nations, in Ontario) has lots of events and employment information of all kinds listed on their website.

Some things to check out:

  • Their Programs section has lots of info on apprenticeships, as well as job shadowing, green internships, self-employment, and lots more. read more...

For information on how to contact them: click here

Working in construction


Some things to check out:

  • Careers in Ironwork. Toolkits include, job prospects by province, contact information for youth, information on other trades, and profiles of 10 Aboriginal ironworkers across Canada. view PDF