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Skilled Trades Sector

The WECDSB offers academies and programs in four Skilled Trades sectors, including Construction, which is a WECDSB Academy, Industrial/Manufacturing Programs, Motive Power Programs, and Service Programs. Click on any of the following links below to find out more and to register.

What distinguishes an academy from regular Tech Studies & COOP Programs?
An Academy is a specialized program for students that combines the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program, and Dual Credit. It is offered in Grades 11 & 12 where students begin their apprenticeship in a skilled trade of their choice, become a registered OYAP apprentice while in high school, attain over 1,000 hours towards their apprenticeship, and complete the Level 1 College schooling prior to graduation.

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Construction: These are trades that have to do with residential, commercial, institutional and industrial building and construction. This sector employs the most trades people and despite severe and changeable weather, construction trades people work and operate throughout the year. Click here for more information about WECDSB Construction Academies

Industrial/Manufacturing: Trades in the industrial sector are mainly related to the manufacturing and secondary industry. Of the four trades sectors, the industrial sector has the most variety. The industrial sector has traditionally been a significant employer within Ontario. Click here for more information about Industrial/Manufacturing 

Motive Power
Motive Power: Trades in this sector are related to machinery that moves and/or transports people or goods. Due to the vast geography of Canada and its low population density, Canada is dependent on skilled workers to retain, build and maintain vehicles. The motive power sector is active and dynamic year-round.  Click here for more information about Motive Power

Service: Trades/ activities in this sector include retail, real estate, education, health, social work, communication and many others. It may involve working directly with people like child and youth workers or child development practitioners. It is a very dynamic sector that covers a wide range of skill sets and career opportunities which makes this the largest sector in Ontario's economy.  Click here for more information about Service

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