TORONTO — Skills Ontario is sharing tips to assist youth who are interested in pursuing a career in the skilled trades, to help navigate the path and acquire the necessary skills to get into the industry.
For elementary students, Grade 7 and 8 classes can participate in an Elementary Career Awareness Workshop by visiting Elementary Career Awareness Workshops – Skills Ontario. The workshops offer hands-on experiences in Ontario’s skilled trade sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and service and technology.
Parents can also discover skilled trade and technology career options through the Skills Ontario App, Skills Ontario App – Skills Ontario, which includes an aptitude quiz to help students match their interests with suitable skilled trade careers. It also provides links to trade organizations, information on employment and scholarship opportunities.
High school students in Grades 11 and 12 can explore apprenticeship options by consulting their guidance counsellor or the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program co-ordinator at their school. Students can enrol in trades courses offered at the school and plan to participate in the Skills Ontario Competition – Secondary Division.
There are also a lot of online resources available for students. Skills Ontario has a YouTube channel featuring a library of videos showcasing past events and discussing skilled trade careers with professionals.
Volunteering with Skills Ontario can also provide students with valuable experience, knowledge and the opportunity to build relationships that could potentially lead to job opportunities. Students can inquire about volunteer opportunities by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
College and university students considering a career in the skilled trades and technologies should consult with their academic adviser to explore the available programs at their institution.
Students who are currently enrolled in a trades or technology program can participate in the Skills Ontario – Post-Secondary Division competition which provides a platform to showcase skills and connect with potential employers. For more information visit Competitions and Challenges – Skills Ontario.
Networking has also been proven to be instrumental in helping many post-secondary students secure job opportunities throughout their careers after graduating.
In addition, the Skills Ontario Trades & Tech Talk Podcast, hosted by Dan Cardinal, covers over 140 skilled trade and technology careers, as well as topics such as post-secondary education, apprenticeships wage and more.