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There's an Apprenticeship for That!

by ​Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn

Have you ever been walking down the street only to stop in your tracks to take in the view of a beautiful building? You know, the kind of building that has beautiful lines and fascinating design? And have you ever wondered to yourself, who built this? Better yet, how did they build this? Examples of some of the architecture that make me stop and think include the CN Tower and smaller, lesser known buildings such as Guelph’s Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Cambridge City Hall where old meets new, and the historic bridges including Freeport Bridge, which dot our community.

Maybe it’s because I am an employment advisor and it's my job to think about all kinds of job opportunties, but to me a building is more than just a building. It represents the people and a time in which it was built. It represents skill and talent. The people who have the knowledge and capability to dream up an idea such as the Church of Our Lady Immaculate and see it to fruition peak my curiosity. When I see this building in particular, I think to myself, how did they do that? The people that designed and eventually built this church were a large group of people with expertise in a variety of trades.

If we dissect the church structure or any other structure for that matter we see it takes a vast amount of knowledge and skill to piece it all together. From the original idea to drawings and engineering blue prints, right to the ground breaking with heavy equipment; the building of the structure, the plumbing and electrical work, and the final decorative touches when the building is complete. These are just a few types of trades required in the construction of buildings. To learn more about the trades visit: www.collegeoftrades.ca

The first step to becoming a tradesperson is to identify your skills and interests. With so many options available, it is important to what is required entry into the apprenticeship as well as what the job entails once you are hired. The next step is to find an employer willing to accept you as an apprentice. An apprentice is a person wishing to learn skills and holds an agreement with an employer that provides the skills training environment. As a registered apprentice, the hours you work and the learning experience will all count toward your certification. Achieving certification means you have mastered the skills and knowledge required for your chosen field.

Today Ontario has a great demand for skilled tradespeople and there are many long-term rewards for getting into a trade. The Conference Board of Canada predicts one million skilled workers will be needed by 2020. With over 200 trades available across Canada there are lots of great opportunities to find an apprenticeship and do something you love. In addition, the Red Seal endorsement enables many tradespeople in 55 trades to work inter-provincially following the completion of an inter-provincial trade exam. To learn more about the Red Seal visit: www.red-seal.ca.

If you would like more information on apprenticeships and career exploration an employment advisor at one of our three employment resources centres can offer you free assistance.