Getting into the Skilled Trades: Advice for Youth
Are you interested in a career in the skilled trades? We can help
Are you interested in a career in the skilled trades, but not sure how to get started? The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum asked employers across the country what they recommend that Canada’s youth do to prepare for a career in the skilled trades:
- Take more math and science courses. There is a need for apprentices to come forward with stronger math skills. Check out the CLAC Apprenticeship page for your province to find links to more information about entrance requirements in your area.
- Get your driver’s license. Employers expect apprentices to have a driver’s license. Not only will this help get you to and from work, but you will often be required to drive on or to the job site.
- Showcase your ability to work on a team. Employers are looking for apprentices who can listen to others, offer ideas, and contribute positively to the team’s success. Apprentices need to be able to work well with their mentors, fellow apprentices, and coworkers.
- Demonstrate that you can be responsible. Apprentices are expected to show up to work on time and hold themselves accountable for completing their work efficiently while maintaining the expected level of quality.
Are you looking to start a career in the skilled trades? We can help you make informed career decisions by providing assistance with
- understanding trades educational requirements;
- applying for apprenticeship funding, loans and grants;
- finding the right technical school for you;
- career opportunities with CLAC employers; and
- safety training required to work on the jobsite.
Contact the CLAC Training team in your province to learn more.