Interested in Becoming an Apprentice in the Skilled Trades?
With a high graduation rate in the unionized skilled trades, apprentices earn competitive wages, a paycheck from day one, and incremental raises as skill levels increase.
What is it?
Registered apprenticeship programs train workers to become highly-skilled, construction workers through on-the-job training provided by an employer and in-school technical training.
How Does it Work?
As an apprentice, you will earn-as-you-learn, working under the supervision of a certified journeyperson to learn the skills of your trade. Approximately 80% of an apprentices’ time is spent on the job and 20% in technical training.
An apprenticeship in the unionized skilled trades allows you to start a career – debt-free – with access to lifelong learning opportunities at one of our 195 training centres. You will earn a family-sustaining wage, have access to health and welfare benefits from day one.
As an apprentice, you have the opportunity to build the roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, water, hydro, and energy systems that keeps Canada safe and our economy moving forward.
An apprentice must be registered with the regional apprenticeship authority and fulfill all requirements established by their province or territory. Apprenticeships last between two to five years, on average.
Where Do I Start?
The skilled trades encompass a broad range of hands-on occupations; with more than 300 skilled trades occupations recognized across Canada, though not all trades are designated in every province or territory.
Construction Trades Hub
Interested in a
Skilled Trades Career?
Through an online assessment and matching portal, prospective candidates will be able to explore all of the unique opportunities and career paths that exist in the unionized construction trades; assess their skills and suitability for a particular trade as a career; get matched with a local building trades union; and identify any gaps or supports they may need to get started.
Choose your region to start exploring trade options
There are many career opportunities in the unionized construction industry! Do you know what trade is a good fit for you? First select your region, then start learning about the many options available for you in the building trades and the skills you need to succeed.
Helmets to Hardhats
Grants and Supports for Apprentices