Learn about careers in the trades
A skilled trade is a career path that requires hands-on work, and specialty knowledge and training. Skilled trades workers build and maintain infrastructure like our homes, schools, hospitals, roads, farms and parks. They keep industries running and perform services we rely on every day.
Explore the skilled trades
Browse over 140 skilled trades. Learn about trade certification requirements and apprenticeship programs.
Meet tradespeople who are working and making a difference in the skilled trades.
Whether you’re starting your career — or interested in a new career — working in the skilled trades can pay well, and provide a stable, safe and meaningful career.
1 in 5
job openings are projected to be in the skilled trades by 2026
85 to 90%
of an apprenticeship is paid, on-the-job training
employers offer paid apprenticeships
Elementary and high school students
Check out all the ways you can learn about the skilled trades while you’re in school.
Apply to college
Take a pre-trades program, get a diploma and complete in-school requirements at the same time.
Apply for an apprenticeship
Get paid while you learn with a skilled trades apprenticeship. Learn how to prepare, start and finish an apprenticeship.
Trade certification for experienced workers
If you have skilled trade training and/or work experience from another province, territory or country, you may be eligible for certification in Ontario.
Financial supports for apprentices
Learn about provincial and federal financial supports for apprentices, find out if you qualify and how to apply.
Supports for employers
Learn how to hire an apprentice, how it benefits you as an employer and get financial support to help with the cost of training new apprentices.
Find a registered apprentice
Search for registered apprentices and people certified in the compulsory trades.
Search for jobs
Search for jobs available right now. Browse the job bank or connect with Employment Ontario to find the job that’s right for you.
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Get advice and ask questions about working in the skilled trades over email, phone and live chat, or request an in-person appointment with an Employment Ontario training consultant by contacting an Employment Ontario apprenticeship office near you.
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