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Pathways to Apprenticeships


Child Welfare PAC Canada has partnered with Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario to kickstart careers in the skilled trades for Youth from care. 

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Why Skilled Trades?

Pursuing a skilled trade provides the opportunity to develop practical skills, secure a stable and fulfilling career, and make a tangible impact on the world.

Careers in the skilled trades are:




Skilled trades professionals needed in Ontario over the next decade.

Skilled trades are in constant demand, providing job security and stable career opportunities across various industries.




Skilled trades to choose from in the construction sector.

A wide variety of options means that you can find your passion in the skilled trades.  




Of an apprenticeship is paid training.

From apprenticeships onward, the skilled trades offer competitive wages, and provide a financially rewarding path for individuals to excel. 

Pathways to Apprenticeships

Our program is designed to provide comprehensive support, guiding you through each stage of your journey towards achieving an apprenticeship in Ontario's construction sector. Depending on specific needs, the pathways to apprenticeships will vary.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship gives the apprentice opportunities for on-the-job training and participation in real-world tasks in their chosen field. This practical experience is accompanied with formal instruction and classroom-based learning

The main goals of an apprenticeship are to:

Gain work experience

Acquire practical skills

Develop industry knowledge

Foster mentorship

Program Overview

To qualify for our program, you must be at least 18 years of age, with a minimum of 1 year in care.

Program Overview



Eligibility and Skills Asssessment

Candidates will complete the eligibility and intake processes to determine the best path forward. Candidates may have to undergo some or all of the following:

  • Educational upgrading to obtain OSSD equivalency

  • Skills upgrading to obtain enhanced skills



Personalized Plan

Candidates will have their personalized plan created in communication with a mentor from Ontario's construction industry.

During this phase, candidates will have the opportunity to explore the trades through an online portal.

Outcome: Candidate selects a trade to pursue



Apprenticeship Participation

Candidates will gain opportunities for:

  • Trades-specific training

  • Experiential learning

  • Industry mentorship

Candidates will continue to work with their construction industry mentor to ensure success in their specific apprenticeship.


This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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