Information for Students
Are you a student and thinking about your career options? Consider a career in a skilled trade.
“Skilled trades” refers to a wide variety of occupations in several industries, including construction, transportation, manufacturing and service.
Why Choose the Skilled Trades?
There are many reasons to choose a career in skilled trades. Here are a few:
- Skilled trades offer strong, out-of-the-cubicle job prospects.
- You learn by apprenticeship, which means a combination of paid on-the-job training and in-school training.
- You earn while you learn, so you can start your career without a big debt load.
- There are financial incentives for apprentices who complete various stages within an apprenticeship program for a designated Red Seal trade.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a model of training where you learn a skilled trade by working in that trade. It is a formal agreement between an apprentice, their employer, and the provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority. Most of the training is on-the-job, and it is usually accompanied by some periods of in-school technical training as well.
Learn all about apprenticeships by reading these guides:
Your province or territory may also have apprenticeship guides particular to their jurisdiction.
Benefits of Red Seal Trades
- The Red Seal is the national standard of excellence for skilled trades in Canada.
- The Red Seal is a leading endorsement for skilled workers in Canada and provides a tradesperson with a competitive hiring advantage.
- A Red Seal endorsement is a nationally recognized standard that helps tradespeople obtain good, well-paying jobs across Canada.
- In many cases, achieving a certificate of qualification in a Red Seal trade is equal in value to the completion of college certification in terms of trade knowledge and skill.
- Red Seal-endorsed tradespeople obtain easily transferable skills, ideal for new workers interested in career development and industry mobility.
Red Seal Trades
A Red Seal endorsement shows that you are highly qualified in a skilled trade. Find out more about Canada’s 56 Red Seal trades.
Grants are available to encourage apprentices to proceed with and complete an apprenticeship to become certified in a Red Seal trade.
How to Start an Apprenticeship
There are three key steps to apprenticeship:
- Learn about the many options among the skilled trades and choose a trade.
- Find an employer for on-the-job-training. In some provinces and territories, this can start off as a co-op placement during high school.
- Register as an apprentice with your employer and your Careers in Trades website.
Red Seal Endorsement (RSE)
Once you become a qualified skilled journeyperson and have obtained your Red Seal endorsement by passing the Red Seal examination in your chosen trade, you can start using the RSE acronym after your name as an easy way to reflect your qualifications!
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