Thinking about entering a skilled trade?
The new Skills Ontario App is a good place to start.
It is free, easy to download and easy to use. It includes a Popular Careers section where you get examples of jobs such as Web Designer, Chef, Baker, Computer Aided Drafting and 3D Digital Game Artist. You will also find links to events and links to other services.
This app includes a quiz. When you finish answering the questions in this short quiz, you will get a list of careers in the trades that are the best match for you, based on your answers.
You are also provided with information about the pay range as well as a brief job description, job responsibilities, information about where people in this trade work and the education required to work in these trades.
This quiz is a great starting point for anyone thinking about a career in the trades.
Your next step may be doing a skills assessment or further career research.
Our adult training programs can help by offering you an in-depth assessment. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about the skills you have that you will bring to a skilled trade.
There may also be skills you want to develop further before starting your training or registering as an apprentice. For example, you can contact us if you would like to learn about how to use technology such as apps. To learn more about the computer training that will help you prepare to work in the trades, visit our ‘Computers and the Skilled Trades‘ post.
You may also want to take the results of your Skills Ontario quiz to your local employment services office where you can also discuss and explore your options further.
Skills Ontario is an organization that has been promoting skilled trades and technologies in Ontario for over 30 years.
Their mission is “to champion and stimulate the development of world-class technological and employability skills in Ontario youth.” They are “building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce.” They want to “enable and empower all youth, including women and Indigenous youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.” Learn more at the Skills Ontario website.
Note: Although the focus is Ontario Youth (up to age 29), anyone can use this app and the information and resources on their website.
If you would like more information about next steps, contact an adult training program in your area. You can also reach out to Carrie with your questions: .