A Career in the Trades - Debunking the Myths


Have you ever considered a career in a skilled trade? Well, now may be the perfect time. But first, let's set the record straight about some common misconceptions.

Myth 1: The skilled trades are not for students with good grades.

If you're creative and like practical work with tangible results, the skilled trades are a good choice. They require people with strong skills in reading, writing, math and science.

Myth 2: University is the only path to a good career.

It's one option, not the only option. Working in the skilled trades is a great career choice. Canada is experiencing skills shortages, meaning more opportunities and higher wages.

Myth 3: Skilled trade work is dirty, noisy and physically demanding.

Most trades are "hands-on". But the jobs are diverse. Choose the type of work that suits you.

Myth 4: Jobs in the trades are dead-end jobs.

Once certified, you can expect opportunities to advance to supervisory roles, management, or even open your own business. The possibilities are endless.

Myth 5: Trades are jobs for guys.

Not so. The skilled trades include a variety of jobs. There's something for everyone. Never before has there been so much opportunity in this diverse and rewarding field. Employers are hungry for skilled tradespeople. They need qualified, motivated, and passionate people to take their business to the next level. But don't just take my word for it... We've heard from employers all over Canada and the message is clear, there's a shortage of skilled tradespeople and jobs are available from coast to coast.

An apprenticeship is the best way to get your start in the trades. You'll get paid on-the-job experience combined with technical training. Government grants are available to get you started. It's time to explore the possibilities. For more information about apprenticeships in the skilled trades, visit youth.gc.ca/apprenticeships.