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Trades Video Playlists

Explore Construction Trades

October 26, 2021

Interested in what it takes to get started in the construction trades? Watch the interviews and hear how these people got their start.

Construction Trades Playlist

The construction trades are focused on elements involved with housing and buildings. From those responsible for insulation, to electricians heavy equipment operators, the construction trades are always in demand.

Our video playlists for other categories of trades can be found here.


Alyssa Jesso - Plumbing Apprentice

Alyssa Jesso found the classroom environment didn't work to help her learn. She liked how Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) put you into a working environment. It helped her to test out a job so she could judge if it was for her. Her life has changed drastically. She's now working full time as a plumbing apprentice with Fred Kau Plumbing & Heating.

Luke Shantz - Millwright Apprentice

Luke Shantz wasn't sure what he was going to do in high school but his experience growing up on a farm gravitated him towards a millwright apprenticeship. He describes what he learned as a millwright apprentice including the soft skills that are as important on the job as the technical knowledge. Luke talks about the variety of tools, worksites and people that made his job gratifying.

Andie Davidson - Construction Maintenance Apprentice Electrician

Andie Davidson shares her journey from going to university on an athletic scholarship to the point where she realized that she didn't want to have a desk job for the rest of her life. Her story involves how she pivoted her career to an Electrical Apprenticeship. Along with getting paid to train, Andie counts the interesting working environments as one of the benefits of doing an apprenticeship.

Tyler Dam - Brick & Stone Masonry

Tyler Dam is studying Brick & Stone Masonry at Conestoga College. He chose the Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP) to help him narrow down what he wanted to do.

Claude Bernard - Carpentry

Claude Bernard explains his route to becoming a journeyman carpenter by starting as an apprentice. He says the training he got from his apprenticeship gave him the confidence needed to succeed at his trade.

Sarah Yocom - Electrical Apprentice

Sarah Yocom shares the benefits of being in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) such as how it is a great option for students that learn differently and helps kids get into the trades early.

Peter Caesar, the training director for IBEW Local 804, explains their approach in working with new electricians.

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