Apprenticeship is actually a pretty cool way to learn. You spend about 20% of your time in school and the other 80% of your time on the job, getting paid, and being mentored by a pro – an experience journeyperson – who can “show you the ropes.”
- You gain coveted work experience
- Learn the skills you need by actually practicing them in a work setting
- Get paid while you’re doing it
- And come out at the end as a certified tradesperson – assuming you pass your certification exam
Basically, you’re getting paid to learn. How sweet is that?!
While still in high school, you can test out a trade first to see if you like it through a Youth Apprenticeship Program.
There are even a number of grants available to help you with associated costs.
And, you have the opportunity to get in on the Skills Canada National Competition, where apprentices from across the country compete to see who’s top dog. Winners go on to compete internationally. It’s a pretty big deal. Check out the video below. Learn more about the Skills Canada competitions.
A Pre-Apprenticeship Program can help you to develop your job skills and trade readiness while you explore a trade.
Where to get more info on apprenticeships
– Jenna Lipinski, apprentice Bricklayer
Red Seal certification allows you to practice your trade anywhere in Canada
Each province and territory sets its own standards for certifying skilled tradespeople, which means that certification in one jurisdiction may not allow you to work in others.
The Red Seal Program uses national standards and includes an Interprovincial Standards Examination that, upon passing, qualifies you for a Red Seal. The Red Seal allows you to practice your trade anywhere in Canada. So if you’ve got a hankering to see this big, beautiful country of ours, a Red Seal is your ticket.
Apprentice Job Search
These websites help apprentices find jobs with companies looking to hire apprentices: