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Research shows that apprenticeship completers fare better than their counterparts when it comes to wages, job security and employment satisfaction. When compared to non-completers and graduates of other technical programs, those who complete an apprenticeship have:

  • Better employment outcomes, both immediately and several years after being certified
  • Better earning potential – in the short and longer term
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction and job security

People in skilled trades are rewarded for their efforts with good pay. Between 2000 and 2011, the average weekly wages of full-time workers aged 25 to 34 with trades certificates grew by 14%, while bachelor’s degree holders saw their wage growth slow to 1%.  And, apprentices begin to make money right away, earning a wage from their first day at work. An apprenticeship is a great way to enter the trades. Learn more about apprenticeship and check out how to become an apprentice by visiting the Careers in Trades website.


Skilled trades play an important role in our economy and our society. Think about it … skilled trades workers touch almost every aspect of our lives. Canada depends on skilled tradespeople to keep our country running. By combining on-the-job training and in-school learning, apprentices get the best of both worlds – certification that comes with real world experience, providing the skills to work virtually anywhere. Skilled tradespeople are in demand and, as the baby-boom generation retires, that demand is only going to increase. Shortages of skilled trades workers are being reported across sectors and across Canada.

Try the Cabinetmaking Trade in highschool!

  • Earn Credits
  • Earn Wages
  • Gain Work Experience

Contact your Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) Counselor/Student Counselor to coordinate your appreticeship with one of our Manufacturer Member shops.

You can also visit Careers NextGen for more RAP Program information