Woman working in the trades

Current Students

Thinking about a career in the trades, but not sure where to start? There are a number of programs and services that can help you decide if a career in the trades is right for you:

  • Careersintrades.ca offers a step-by-step guide to beginning a career in the trades and helps dispel common myths about the trades.
  • The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows secondary students to gain work experience in the trades while gaining credits towards their diploma.
  • The Ontario College of Trades website provides information about specific trades, including career descriptions and certification requirements.

International Qualifications

Do you have experience working as a tradesperson outside of Ontario or Canada? The following sites will provide you with information about getting your experience and education recognized in the province:

  • Ontario College of Trades apply to obtain an Ontario Certificate of Qualification in the matched trade without further training or examination.
  • Red Seal Program provides information and accreditation for foreign workers in the skilled trades.
  • Build ON is a free, pre-arrival service that helps immigrants prepare for a career in the skilled trades.


An apprentice is someone who trains in a skilled job through work experience, under the supervision and direction of an experienced worker. More information about apprenticeship is available on the following pages:  

Locally, Goodwill Career Centre in Chatham and St. Clair College Employment Services in Wallaceburg are available to assist with job searching in the trades, and apprenticeshipsearch.com can also help you find employers seeking apprentices.

Most apprentices participate in formal classroom instruction to supplement their on-the-job education. In Chatham-Kent the following schools offer apprenticeship programs in a number of fields:

Finding Work in the Trades

Canada is facing a skills-shortage, and there are many opportunities to work in the trades in Chatham-Kent. Visit the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's job board for postings. Our Employer Profiles provide more information on Chatham-Kent employers, some of which require workers in the skilled trades.

If you are thinking of setting up your own business in Chatham-Kent, there are a number of resources available to you. See our Entrepreneurship section for more information, or visit Chatham-Kent's Small Business Centre site.