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? (Part 1)

You will find lots of valuable information on this website ( about the trades in the construction sector.

Some things to check out:

  • Click on a trade to read some great information on: Your duties, working conditions, essential skills, what training you will need, the salary you can expect and more ...
  •  Read some general info about the construction industry.

Which trade should I pick? (Part 2) 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.

Personalize your search is a free website with really excellent tools! Build a profile, and, as you take new training, or gain new work experience, just add it to your online profile info. They also have great resume and cover letter writing tools.
FYI: Warnings pop up on every page to let you know the website is free (can be annoying, but website is well worth the trouble!).

Some things to check out:

  • Sign up for an account (it's free), and start building your profile. List your work experience, etc. Add updates whenever you like. You can put together an action plan, and, as you find information, add your research notes right to your account on the website!
  • Great detailed info on trades! Click on a trade, and then click the red title for specific information on: tools, skills involved, terminology etc.
  • Rate your skills – Click on a trade, then use the sliders in various categories to figure out what you're good at, and what you need to work on.

Visit the Trades Info website

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