What Are Skilled Trades?

Sep 13, 2022 10:48:00 AM

Many people have a vague notion that skilled trades equals construction workers, but the reality is this field is much broader. The sector includes those who do everything from building houses and maintaining machinery to cutting hair and preparing food.

So what are skilled trades? They’re jobs that involve hands-on work and require specialized skills, usually gained through a trade school program, an apprenticeship, or both.

And there are plenty of such jobs available. According to a report from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Canada will need more than 160,000 new tradespeople between 2021 and 2025.

In this post, we describe some common careers in the skilled trades, explain which ones have the strongest demand, and provide everything you need to know about how to get started in one of these exciting career paths.

Is Trades Training Right for You? 6 Questions to Ask Before You Enrol

Sep 2, 2022 2:26:45 PM

Class in session at Herzing College Skilled Trades in Toronto

Have you been thinking about learning a skilled trade? Maybe have your eye on electrician, plumber, HVAC or gas tech training?

We've all heard that tradespeople are in high demand across Canadabut that alone shouldn't send you running to enrol in a pre-apprenticeship program.

Residential VS Commercial Plumber Career: 6 Main Differences

Sep 1, 2022 9:55:53 AM

The difference between residential and commercial plumbing is always a hot topic for debate—after all, pipes are pipes, right? Well, not exactly.

While it's true that commercial and residential work do share certain attributes, there are key elements that set these work environments apart for plumbers.

In this post, we look at some of those elements, as well as the distinct challenges plumbers face in residential versus commercial settings. Here are six differences between these two plumber career paths.

What is a Pre-apprenticeship?

Jul 15, 2022 9:09:53 AM

You’re probably aware that the route to many careers in the skilled trades involves an apprenticeship. An experienced tradesperson agrees to hire and mentor you, and you undergo a mix of in-school lessons and paid on-the-job training.

However, it can be tough to find someone willing to take you on if you have no background in the trade.

That’s where a pre-apprenticeship comes in. This is a college-level program that helps you develop a foundation of skills in a trade. It’s designed to give you the theory and hands-on training you need to attract an employer’s attention and get hired as an apprentice.

Thinking about a career in the trades? Keep reading to learn about the value of pre-apprenticeship training and how it can help set you up for success.

Meet Gavin: HVAC Graduate and Herzing Cup Winner

May 30, 2022 1:02:36 PM

Each year, Herzing gives an award to the student who delivers the best oral presentation on a topic of their choice. That award is called the Herzing Cup.

Special Network Cabling Training Helps Skilled Immigrants Find Jobs

May 11, 2022 4:35:14 PM

Herzing College has partnered with The Career Foundation to help immigrants with an electrical or telecommunications background get specialized training in network cabling.

Ontario Electrician Salaries in 2022: How Much Can You Make?

Apr 20, 2022 10:36:07 AM

It's a key question for anyone thinking about a career as an electrician in Ontario: Just how much money can you expect to earn?

Electrician salaries depend on a range of factors, including what company you work for, what area you specialize in, and how much experience you have.

We looked at government data and dozens of actual job postings to get an idea of earnings for electrician apprentices as well as fully qualified journeymen in different specialties.

In this post, we explain how much you can make in various electrician roles, and how to get started with training.

Here's what you need to know.

Domestic Appliance Technician VS Appliance Service Technician: What's the Difference?

Apr 14, 2022 10:27:50 AM
 An information session at Herzing College in Toronto

Household appliances bring our lives such comfort and convenience, it's hard to imagine a world without them.

Most of the self-contained electric and gas-powered appliances that we rely on each day were invented in just the last century. They have done wonders to increase our recreation time and make our lives so much easier.

What to Expect at Herzing College Skilled Trades: Facilities & Features

Apr 5, 2022 10:44:30 AM

Herzing students in the appliance repair workshop

Pros & Cons of Working in HVAC: What Should You Know Up Front?

Mar 11, 2022 9:26:17 AM

Checking out your options for a career in the skilled trades? Considering HVAC, but not exactly sure what all is involved?

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