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Trades Video Playlists

Explore Industrial Trades

October 26, 2021

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

Industrial Trades Playlist

The industrial trades are focused on machinery and tools. People in this trade are responsible for creating and maintaining the systems that power our world.

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


Ann Larrivee - Gas Technician

Ann Larrivee is a stations technician with Enbridge Gas in Cambridge. She progressed through an apprenticeship to where she is today. Ann says working her hands as well as her brain makes for a challenging and fun work day.

Theo Veber - Tool & Die Apprentice

Theo Veber is a tool and die apprentice working at XL Tool. He shares how taking OYAP helped him learn many skills and knowledge that he would not have learned otherwise in high school.

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.

Laura-Lee Marshall - Industrial Electrician Apprentice

Laura-Lee Marshall works at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada as an industrial electrician apprentice. She was initially pushed away from her desire in the trades and tried several jobs that were not the right kind of work for her. Laura was finally able to find her fit doing an apprenticeship.

Sarah Conley - General Machinist Apprentice

Sarah Conley works as a general machinist apprentice with XL Tool. She highly recommends OYAP as a way to find out if you want to work in the trades.

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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