Apprenticeship and Trades

Indigenous People Are Poised and Ready to Bridge the Gap and be the Skilled Builders of Our Future. 

Weaving Roots knows that Canada is staring at a potential shortage of more than 60,000 skilled trades workers by 2025, and these are very conservative estimates. This means the actual shortage of skilled trades workers can be much higher. Indigenous people are poised and ready bridge the gap and be the skilled builders of our future. 


When people think of skilled trades, there are a few that immediately spring to mind. The reality is that there are more than 300 designated trades in Canada! Generally, these trades fall within four main categories: 

Construction which includes trades such as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, welders, heavy equipment operators and painters, among others. 

Transportation includes trades such as automotive service technicians and painters, heavy duty equipment technicians, motorcycle mechanics, and more. 

Manufacturing including trades such as tool & die makers, industrial mechanics (millwrights), precision metal fabricators, among others. 

Service including trades such as landscape, etc. 

Qualities & Interests well suited to a career in the Trades: 

  • Loves working with hands 
  • Not afraid of hard work 
  • Enjoys diverse working scenarios 
  • Can work past banker’s hours 
  • Has appreciation for final product 
  • Task driven & tenacious 
  • Values learning new skills 

Careers in the Trades:

  • Electricians 
  • Pipefitters 
  • Welders 
  • Heavy equipment operators 
  • Automotive service technicians  
  • Heavy duty equipment technicians 
  • Drivers 
  • Tool & die makers 
  • Industrial mechanics (millwrights) 
  • Metal fabricators 
  • Horticulturalists 
  • Cooks 
  • Hairstylists 

Discovering Potential Through Opportunity