Indigenous Youth

Promote apprenticeship trades to self-identified Indigenous students through activities/events.

Indigenous Youth Community Partners

NPAAMB – Indigenous Youth Employment And Training

NPAAMB Indigenous Youth Employment & Training is a not-for-profit organization with a primary mandate to provide employment and training solutions to prepare for self-identifying urban Indigenous youth for a successful transition into the labour market.


Women in Skilled Trades

Non-traditional occupations for women, such as the skilled trades, can offer a direct route to a secure and fulfilling future.  There are 14 trades that have been identified by the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program where women are underrepresented.

Trade Code Trade Name
310S Automotive Service Technician
450A Construction Craft Worker
309A Electrician: Construction and Maintenance
309C Electrician: Domestic and Rural
403A General Carpenter
429A General Machinist
421A Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
442A Industrial Electrician
433A Industrial Mechanic Millwright
306A Plumber
313A Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic
308A Sheet Metal Worker
310T Truck and Coach Technician
456A Welder

Women in Skilled Trades Partner’s/Events

Build A Dream

Build a Dream empowers young women to make informed career choices, and utilizes surveys, feedback, and success stories to track the positive impacts that programming has made in Canadian communities.

Career Discovery Expo:  Build a Dream has helped thousands of students (and their parents) expand their career choices by exploring pathways underrepresented by women. Career discovery expos spotlight these careers and equip young women with the power of choice by providing information, resources, networks, and role models.

Each expo includes key information on careers with:

  • A Dream Maker panel of professional women sharing their career experience and advice
  • A networking expo for speaking directly with employers (and female employees) to gain insight into each business or industry
  • Visit each booth to ask questions about schooling, available positions, and more!
  • Hands-on activities, merchandise, career photo booth, and more!
  • WRDSB Article – Young Women Building Their Future in the Trades

Conestoga College – Women in Skilled Trades Events

Jill of All Trades Event: In conjunction with the School College Work Initiative – Grand Connection Regional Planning Team, Conestoga hosts a day-long event to inspire young women in grades 9 to 12 regarding the many opportunities that careers in trades and technology provide. Approximately 200 female students from eight local school boards attend.

TNT Days: Trades and Technology “TNT” Day activities provide various hands-on activities related to different careers in the construction, industrial and motive power sectors as well as engineering and architecture. Female students in grades 7 to 10 have the opportunity to learn and work in a college shop setting. Young women will be introduced to pathways that transition students from secondary to apprenticeship and related college programs.

Community Outreach

Activities or events to promote OYAP participation and apprenticeship trades to students, parents, educators, or employers.