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Trades & Apprenticeships

Newcomers may want to pursue a career in a skilled trade such as carpentry or hairstyling. Some trades have apprenticeship opportunities that allow individuals to work in a skilled trade or occupation while they learn the trade from more experienced workers.

Some trades require workers to be certified. This involves writing a certification exam to ensure their skills meet Ontario standards.

Help with tuition costs and other financial assistance are often available in apprentice and training programs.

In Kingston, St. Lawrence College offers a variety of skilled trades and apprenticeship programs. Kingston also has a number of private career colleges that offer courses and training in different fields.

For More Information

Apprenticeship Grants
Information on available Service Canada apprenticeship grants for financial assistance.

I want to work in the trades
Information about choosing a career, trade certification, finding an employer, financial help and other services. Includes a short video on apprenticeship options.

Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
An Ontario government program that helps employers find skilled workers, by assisting with the immigration of foreign workers and international students.

Skills Training, Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
KED listing of various educational institutions, including private career colleges in Kingston.

Apprenticeships — St. Lawrence College Employment Service
Information on apprenticeships and finding employment as an apprentice. Includes a searchable listing of full- and part-time positions for job seekers in Kingston, Ottawa, and other parts of the National Capital Region. Funded by the Ontario government.

Access to Professions and Trades Guide
A guide for internationally educated professionals or tradespersons starting or continuing their career in Ontario. It covers international qualifications, how to contact licensing or regulatory bodies, education and training options available, information about the Canadian labour market and the workplace culture in Canada. Includes resources and tips on preparing a Canadian-style résumé and cover letter, professional networking, and other topics.

Ontario College of Trades
The College promotes and regulates skilled trades in Ontario, setting the standards for training and certification legally required of those practicing one of the 22 designated compulsory trades in Ontario. Includes information on membership and fees, training standards, exams, and enforcement as well as a public registry.

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
Sets out the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces.

Learn to work safe
Training tools to help you learn how to work safely – several available in different languages.

Build ON
Prepare to work in the skilled trades in Ontario. To help you find a job, this site offers one-on-one consultations with a coach, videos and documents in English and French.

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