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We Need More People in the Skilled Trades

We Need More People in the Skilled Trades For decades, we’ve been hearing about the shortage of people entering the skilled trades, and it seems like the problem is getting worse, not better. Projected shortages are getting larger, and the reason is that the trades supposedly have an image problem. I don’t think it is that simple, and better marketing

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Your Chances of Getting an Apprenticeship in Ontario: By the Numbers

Your Chances of Getting an Apprenticeship: By the Numbers By any measure, Ontario is desperately short of skilled tradespeople. We need people now, but the first step in becoming a tradesperson is to get signed as an apprentice. The only way into a skilled trade is to complete an apprenticeship. You’d think that with the shortage, almost everyone who wants

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What’s the Highest Paying Trade in Ontario in 2024?

What’s the Highest Paying Trade in Ontario in 2024? Many of our prospective students ask some version of the question, “what is the highest paying trade in Ontario?” We understand the impulse behind this – many people want to go into a field where they can make the most money. University students ask the same question, “what subject should I

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How to Become a Skilled Trades Apprentice in Ontario in 2024

How to Become a Skilled Trades Apprentice in Ontario in 2024 The first step in taking advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the skilled trades is to become an apprentice. We get questions from prospective students almost every day that ask us how to do this. They’ve often done an online search, but even after that they don’t have a

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Company Costs in Hiring Apprentices and Why it Matters

Company Costs in Hiring Apprentices and Why it Matters An apprenticeship is a form of education. Knowledge and skill are transmitted to students who earn a credential, and in many trades the credential is required in order to work in that trade. What is different about an apprenticeship vs college or university is where the learning takes place. And this

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The Sizzle of the Trades

The Sizzle of the Trades Becoming a skilled trades apprentice opens up a massive range of career possibilities. More people are being attracted to these opportunities, in part because HGTV and the various renovation and real-estate shows play up the glamorous parts of trades jobs. While this is all good for generating interest, it is not sufficient for actually getting

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The Physical And Mental Demands Of The Skilled Trades

The Physical And Mental Demands Of The Skilled Trades From A Trades Guy… The skilled trades are a fantastic career. I have worked in the skilled trades for 30 years and the opportunities and pathways provided to me have been fantastic. The skilled trades are unlike any other professional career. Every day you are challenged both mentally and physically to

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