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:

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

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.

Financial Support

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:

  1. Learn about the many options among the skilled trades and choose a trade.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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