Skilled Trades Blog

What's the Difference? Skilled Trades Certificate vs. Diploma

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 26, 2016 12:22:53 PM

When you are deciding the best course of action to pursue an education in the skilled trades in Ontario, there are a few options available. Ultimately, you need to attend some version of post-secondary schooling to qualify for a jobs in the skilled trades, but which is more appropriate: traditional college courses or a private career college?

If you attend a traditional Ontario college program for a skilled trade, you will be working toward a diploma and take a minimum of 2 years of study. Alternatively, a private career college awards a certificate and/or license upon completion, with programs that tend to be shorter and more intensive, with smaller class sizes and hands-on learning experience.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Ontario College of Trades, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Trade School vs. Traditional Education: Finding the Right Ontario Trade School

Posted by Brad Dixon on May 26, 2015 4:32:18 PM

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With high school graduation right around the corner, many grade twelve students have started making plans for September. But, there are some graduates out there that may be thinking that taking a year off to work while they decide on a career is their best option. After all, who wants to commit to years of education only to find out the career wait for you at the end isn't what you thought it would be?

As the demand for skilled workers rises, so has enrollment in many college trades courses — as has the tuition. But if you find the right trade school, you can save thousands of dollars and years of time. You won't have to enroll in a 2-4 year course that costs $5000+ a year (coming in at $10,000 to $20,000 total). In fact, you can complete a course at a fraction of the cost and be ready to work in just 17 weeks.

The key is to choose the right school to get certified.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Gas Technician, TSSA

Earn While you Learn Part-Time in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 13, 2015 11:27:02 AM

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Whether you are trying to decide to go back to school or continue your education after secondary school, you are looking at a major investment. But look at it this way, an education in the skilled trades is an investment that will pay for itself pretty quickly. You will be building your skill set, expanding your employment opportunities in the skilled trades and even have the ability to increase your income. By choosing part-time skilled trades school in Ontario, you can get the best of both worlds — you are able to continue earning a pay cheque while bettering your career opportunities.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Career Opportunities, Training Schedule, Night School, Skilled Trades

What to Consider when Choosing your Ontario Skilled Trades Education

Posted by Brad Dixon on Mar 5, 2015 12:04:53 PM

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If you have decided to pursue a career in Ontario skilled trades, the first thing you need to do is find the right trade school and program to get you the necessary certifications and licensing. With so many options available for skilled trades education, how can you decide which is best for you? Here are some things to think about:

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Small Class Size, Class Length

Kickstarting a Career in the Skilled Trades: Get Educated

Posted by Brad Dixon on Jan 29, 2015 2:12:55 PM

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If you've already think a skilled trades job might be for you, it's important to know where to begin. There is no point in pursuing a career that you have thought about without actually understand what the job or the training entails. You wouldn't want to invest the time and money into training only to find out this isn't the career choice you thought it would be. And so, we are launching a short series — a step-by-step guide, if you will — about how to kick start a career in the trades. 

Whether you are a soon-to-be high school graduate trying to figure out what to do with your life or someone who just wants to pursue something new, let this be your guide to starting your new career in the skilled trades.

 

Step 2: Get educated

Once you've decided that a hands-on career in the skilled trades is for you, finding out what certification you need is essential to your success. Get into research mode and start finding the trades schools that offer the education you need for the career you want. 

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Class Length, Hands On Learning

Benefits of Working in the Skilled Trades: Education

Posted by Brad Dixon on Dec 8, 2014 2:59:27 PM

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For the last 15 years, it has been all about working in the business world. People were going to university and studying to achieve that corner office job. Now, youth still think that's where the good jobs are, even though there are fewer opportunities. The job market is definitely in recovery mode after our economy's nosedive but university graduates are not seeing the same success as they used to. It's time young people started looking at other options for steady well-paying jobs.

Skilled trades jobs are the alternative young people should be considering. They are on par with those office jobs that used to be so desirable — we've already talked about the myths that need busting. The simple reality is that skilled trades need to be better promoted as viable options to young people so that they can make informed decisions about the post-secondary education they pursue and the jobs that will be waiting for them.

 

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Class Length, Hands On Learning, Night School, Skilled Trades

Do your Research before choosing your Skilled Trades School

Posted by Brad Dixon on Oct 15, 2014 12:13:10 PM

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When you are trying to decide where to get your Gas Technician license, you want to make sure you are getting the best education available. After all, if you want a rewarding career, the training you choose is the first step to success. But what is it that you should look for in your skilled trades education? It all starts with the school and what it has to offer.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Class Length, Hands On Learning, Oakville Campus, Ontario Gas Technician Training

Busting Skilled Trades Myths: "It Takes Too Many Hours of Training"

Posted by Brad Dixon on Sep 16, 2014 7:27:42 PM

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The skilled trades industry is an important part of our society and economy — trades people  touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. They build our homes and our cars. They work in  manufacturing, mining, oil and gas. Canada is depends on the skilled trades, they keep our country  going. That said, the skilled trades have gotten a bad reputation, and we aren't sure why. With myths like these spreading, it's no wonder Canada is suffering from a severe skilled trades shortage.  And so, over the next few weeks, we are going to be exposing myths about the skilled trades and revealing the truth

 

Myth 6: "Skilled trades training takes too long"

When people consider skilled trades educations, there are many paths they can take to reach the same result. Traditional educational facilities can take years, meaning you will be out of the workforce, not making money for a long time. This avenue may require hours as an apprentice before you are fully licensed. The good news is, this isn't the only education option.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Skilled Trades Myths

Consider Night School to Get Certified in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon on Aug 12, 2014 2:53:24 PM

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It isn't uncommon for a career in the skilled trades to be considered by people already in the working world. Maybe they are looking for a new, more rewarding career. Maybe it is time to upgrade their skills. Whatever the reason, getting an education is an investment of both time and money, which means going back to school can be a difficult commitment. In order to afford school, you may need to continue working, but in order to make time for school, you may think you need to leave your job. Luckily, there is another solution — night school.

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Gas Technician, Night School

ICYMI: Skilled Trades Academy offers ticket to Success

Posted by Brad Dixon on Aug 1, 2014 5:33:02 PM

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At the beginning of the year, The Skilled Trades Academy was thrilled to be featured in the St. Catharines Standard. In case you missed it, here it is!

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Topics: Course Length and Time, Trade School, Small Class Size, Gas Technician, Class Length, Hands On Learning