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Trades and Apprenticeships

Current Students

Thinking about a career in the trades? There are a number of programs and services that can help you decide if a career in the trades is right for you.

  • 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

If you have experience working as a tradesperson outside of Ontario or Canada, you can get your experience and education recognized locally. The following sites have information to get you started so you can find work in Ontario.

  • Apply to the Ontario College of Trades to obtain an Ontario Certificate of Qualification in a 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.


Gain skills training through work experience under the supervision and direction of an experienced worker. More information about apprenticeship is available at:

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 can also help you find employers seeking apprentices.

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