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Historical Occupations in Demand

The following occupations have historically high regional demand:

1241 · Administrative assistants
91 Jobs

Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

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1221 · Administrative officers
24 Jobs

Administrative officers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities, conduct analyses of administrative operations and co-ordinate acquisition of administrative services such as office…

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8252 · Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
4 Jobs

Agricultural service contractors, who own and operate their own businesses, provide agricultural services such as livestock and poultry breeding, soil preparation, crop planting, crop…

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7315 · Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
0 Jobs

Aircraft mechanics maintain, repair, overhaul, modify and test aircraft structural, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Aircraft inspectors inspect aircraft and aircraft systems following manufacture, modification,…

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7332 · Appliance servicers and repairers
3 Jobs

Appliance servicers and repairers service and repair domestic and commercial appliances. They are employed by repair shops, appliance service companies and repair departments of…

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7321 · Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
37 Jobs

Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers inspect, diagnose, repair and service mechanical, electrical and electronic systems and components of cars,…

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6332 · Bakers
19 Jobs

Bakers prepare bread, rolls, muffins, pies, pastries, cakes and cookies in retail and wholesale bakeries and dining establishments. They are employed in bakeries, supermarkets,…

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2121 · Biologists and related scientists
2 Jobs

Biologists and related scientists conduct basic and applied research to extend knowledge of living organisms, to manage natural resources, and to develop new practices…

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7281 · Bricklayers
9 Jobs

Bricklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other similar materials to construct or repair walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures in accordance with…

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7512 · Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators
14 Jobs

This unit group includes workers who drive buses and operate streetcars, subway trains and light rail transit vehicles to transport passengers on established routes.…

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7271 · Carpenters
49 Jobs

Carpenters construct, erect, install, maintain and repair structures and components of structures made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials. They are…

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6611 · Cashiers
56 Jobs

Cashiers operate cash registers, optical price scanners, computers or other equipment to record and accept payment for the purchase of goods, services and admissions.…

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6321 · Chefs
23 Jobs

This unit group includes various types of chefs who plan and direct food preparation and cooking activities and who prepare and cook meals and…

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2174 · Computer programmers and interactive media developers
33 Jobs

Computer programmers write, modify, integrate and test computer code for software applications, data processing applications, operating systems-level software and communications software. Interactive media developers…

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2234 · Construction estimators
1 Job

Construction estimators analyze costs of and prepare estimates on civil engineering, architectural, structural, electrical and mechanical construction projects. They are employed by residential, commercial…

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0711 · Construction managers
13 Jobs

Construction managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a construction company or a construction department within a company, under the direction…

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7311 · Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
42 Jobs

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This unit group includes industrial textile machinery…

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7611 · Construction trades helpers and labourers
41 Jobs

Construction trades helpers and labourers assist skilled tradespersons and perform labouring activities at construction sites, in quarries and in surface mines. They are employed…

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7204 · Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
1 Job

This unit group includes carpentry and cabinetmaking trade contractors who own and operate their own businesses. This group also includes supervisors who supervise and…

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6322 · Cooks
145 Jobs

Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries,…

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0601 · Corporate sales managers
34 Jobs

Corporate sales managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of establishments and departments involved in commercial, industrial, institutional, e-business and wholesale and…

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1525 · Dispatchers
21 Jobs

Dispatchers operate radios and other telecommunication equipment to dispatch emergency vehicles and to co-ordinate the activities of drivers and other personnel. They are employed…

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2253 · Drafting technologists and technicians
5 Jobs

Drafting technologists and technicians prepare engineering designs, drawings and related technical information, in multidisciplinary engineering teams or in support of engineers, architects or industrial…

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2133 · Electrical and electronics engineers
9 Jobs

Electrical and electronics engineers design, plan, research, evaluate and test electrical and electronic equipment and systems. They are employed by electrical utilities, communications companies,…

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7241 · Electricians (except industrial and power system)
18 Jobs

Electricians in this unit group lay out, assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, control devices and related equipment in buildings and…

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1228 · Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers
1 Job

Officers in this unit group administer and enforce laws and regulations related to immigration, customs, border crossing, tax revenue, employment insurance and other government…

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6562 · Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
5 Jobs

Estheticians, electrologists and related workers in this unit group provide facial and body treatments designed to enhance an individual’s physical appearance. They are employed…

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0714 · Facility operation and maintenance managers
34 Jobs

Facility operation managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of commercial, transportation and recreational facilities and the included real estate. Facility operation…

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1111 · Financial auditors and accountants
31 Jobs

Financial auditors examine and analyze the accounting and financial records of individuals and establishments to ensure accuracy and compliance with established accounting standards and…

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6235 · Financial sales representatives
18 Jobs

Financial sales representatives sell basic deposit, investment and loan products and services to individuals and businesses. They work in banks, credit unions, trust companies…

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7295 · Floor covering installers
1 Job

Floor covering installers install carpet, wood, linoleum, vinyl and other resilient floor coverings in residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. They are employed by…

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6513 · Food and beverage servers
64 Jobs

Food and beverage servers take patrons’ food and beverage orders and serve orders to patrons. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, bars, taverns, private…

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6711 · Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
81 Jobs

Kitchen helpers, food service helpers and dishwashers clear tables, clean kitchen areas, wash dishes, and perform various other activities to assist workers who prepare or serve food and…

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6311 · Food service supervisors
36 Jobs

Food service supervisors supervise, direct and co-ordinate the activities of workers who prepare, portion and serve food. They are employed by hospitals and other…

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7253 · Gas fitters
3 Jobs

Gas fitters install, inspect, repair and maintain gas lines and gas equipment such as meters, regulators and heating units in residential, commercial and industrial…

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8431 · General farm workers
28 Jobs

General farm workers plant, cultivate and harvest crops, raise livestock and poultry and maintain and repair farm equipment and buildings. This group includes operators…

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7313 · Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
12 Jobs

Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain, repair and overhaul residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems…

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7521 · Heavy equipment operators (except crane)
15 Jobs

Heavy equipment operators operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other…

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4412 · Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations
105 Jobs

Home support workers provide personal care and companionship for seniors, persons with disabilities and convalescent clients. Care is provided within the client’s residence, in…

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1121 · Human resources professionals
15 Jobs

Human resources professionals develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures and advise employers and employees on human resources…

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7242 · Industrial electricians
1 Job

Industrial electricians install, maintain, test, troubleshoot and repair industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls. They are employed by electrical contractors and…

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2233 · Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
7 Jobs

Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians may work independently or provide technical support and services in the development of production methods, facilities and…

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2171 · Information systems analysts and consultants
31 Jobs

Information systems analysts and consultants analyze and test systems requirements, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies and procedures, and provide advice on…

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6231 · Insurance agents and brokers
11 Jobs

Insurance agents and brokers sell life, automobile, property, health and other types of insurance to individuals, businesses and public institutions. Insurance agents are employed…

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7236 · Ironworkers
2 Jobs

Ironworkers fabricate, erect, hoist, install, repair and service structural ironwork, precast concrete, concrete reinforcing materials, curtain walls, ornamental iron and other metals used in…

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6733 · Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents
40 Jobs

Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents clean and maintain the interior and exterior of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and their surrounding grounds. Building superintendents…

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2225 · Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
9 Jobs

This unit group includes those who survey and assess landscapes; draw sketches and build models of landscape designs; construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf…

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8612 · Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers
13 Jobs

Landscaping and grounds maintenance labourers perform work to assist in the construction of landscapes and related structures, and to maintain lawns, gardens, athletic fields,…

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3233 · Licensed practical nurses
33 Jobs

Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. Operating room technicians prepare…

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6731 · Light duty cleaners
97 Jobs

Light duty cleaners clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences. They are employed by…

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9417 · Machining tool operators
18 Jobs

Machining tool operators set up and operate or tend metal-cutting machines designed for repetitive machining work. They are employed by metal products and other…

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7231 · Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
31 Jobs

Machinists set up and operate a variety of machine tools to cut or grind metal, plastic or other materials to make or modify parts…

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0821 · Managers in agriculture
5 Jobs

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding…

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0822 · Managers in horticulture
0 Jobs

Managers in horticulture plan, organize, direct and control the activities of nursery and greenhouse staff who grow and market trees, shrubs, flowers and plants.

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7452 · Material handlers
285 Jobs

This unit group includes workers who handle, move, load and unload materials by hand or using a variety of material handling equipment. They are…

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2232 · Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
15 Jobs

Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in mechanical engineering fields such as the design, development, maintenance…

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8432 · Nursery and greenhouse workers
2 Jobs

Nursery and greenhouse workers plant, cultivate and harvest trees, shrubs, flowers and plants, and serve nursery and greenhouse customers. They are employed in indoor…

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3414 · Other assisting occupations in support of health services
24 Jobs

This unit group includes workers who provide services and assistance to health care professionals and other health care staff. They are employed in hospitals,…

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6552 · Other customer and information services representatives
167 Jobs

This unit group includes customer and information services representatives who answer enquiries and provide information regarding an establishment’s goods, services and policies and who…

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9619 · Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
107 Jobs

This unit group includes labourers, not elsewhere classified, who perform material handling, clean-up, packaging and other elemental activities in processing, manufacturing and utilities. They…

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6623 · Other sales related occupations
14 Jobs

This unit group includes workers who sell goods or services during home demonstrations or by telephone soliciting, retail exhibitions or street vending. They are…

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3131 · Pharmacists
6 Jobs

Community pharmacists and hospital pharmacists compound and dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultative services to both clients and health care providers. They are employed…

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7284 · Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
14 Jobs

Plasterers apply finish, and maintain and restore plaster or similar materials, on interior and exterior walls, ceilings and building partitions to produce plain or…

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9422 · Plastics processing machine operators
7 Jobs

Plastics processing machine operators set up and operate plastic mixing, calendering, extruding and moulding processing machines used in the manufacture of plastic parts and…

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7251 · Plumbers
18 Jobs

Plumbers install, repair and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial…

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1123 · Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
29 Jobs

This unit group includes specialists in advertising, marketing and public relations who analyse, develop and implement communication and promotion strategies and information programs, analyse…

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5254 · Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
18 Jobs

Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness lead and instruct groups and individuals in recreational, sports, fitness or athletic programs. They are…

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1414 · Receptionists
61 Jobs

Receptionists greet people arriving at offices, hospitals and other establishments, direct visitors to appropriate person or service, answer and forward telephone calls, take messages,…

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3012 · Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
64 Jobs

This unit group includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program who are awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct…

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6222 · Retail and wholesale buyers
31 Jobs

Retail and wholesale buyers buy merchandise for resale by retail or wholesale establishments and are usually responsible for the merchandising operations of retail or…

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0621 · Retail and wholesale trade managers
117 Jobs

Retail and wholesale trade managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of establishments that sell merchandise or services on a retail or…

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6421 · Retail salespersons
264 Jobs

Retail salespersons sell, rent or lease a range of technical and non-technical goods and services directly to consumers. They are employed by stores and…

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7291 · Roofers and shinglers
7 Jobs

Roofers install, repair or replace flat roofs as well as shingles, shakes or other roofing tiles on sloped roofs. Shinglers install and replace shingles,…

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6411 · Sales and account representatives – wholesale trade (non-technical)
52 Jobs

Sales representatives, wholesale trade (non-technical), sell non-technical goods and services to retail, wholesale, commercial, industrial, professional and other clients domestically and internationally. They are…

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6541 · Security guards and related security service occupations
50 Jobs

This unit group includes workers who guard and implement security measures to protect property against theft, vandalism and fire, control access to establishments, maintain…

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0015 · Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c.
4 Jobs

Senior managers in this unit group plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate, through middle managers, trade, broadcasting and other service companies not elsewhere classified.…

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1521 · Shippers and receivers
47 Jobs

Shippers and receivers ship, receive and record the movement of parts, supplies, materials, equipment and stock to and from an establishment. They are employed…

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6622 · Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers
46 Jobs

Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers pack customers’ purchases, price items, stock shelves with merchandise, and fill mail and telephone orders. They are…

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1215 · Supervisors, supply chain, tracking and scheduling co-ordination occupations
18 Jobs

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following unit groups: Shippers and Receivers (1521), Storekeepers and Partspersons…

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7232 · Tool and die makers
4 Jobs

Tool and die makers make, repair and modify custom-made, prototype or special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures and gauges using various metals, alloys and plastics…

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7511 · Transport truck drivers
89 Jobs

Transport truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. They are employed by transportation, manufacturing,…

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6345 · Upholsterers
0 Jobs

Upholsterers cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials. They are employed by furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other…

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2282 · User support technicians
14 Jobs

Technicians in this unit group provide first-line technical support to computer users experiencing difficulties with computer hardware and with computer applications and communications software.…

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2175 · Web designers and developers
5 Jobs

Web designers and developers research, design, develop and produce Internet and Intranet sites. They are employed in computer software development firms, information technology consulting…

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7237 · Welders and related machine operators
34 Jobs

Welders operate welding equipment to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metals. This unit group also includes machine operators who operate previously set up production welding,…

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Skilled trades are in-demand across the Waterloo Wellington Dufferin area. These 144 trades in Ontario build and renovate our homes, develop products in factories, keep cars and trucks running on our roads, work in agriculture and provide services to all of us. Skilled tradespeople are employees, contractors who choose their own paths and jobs and entrepreneurs who hire other tradespeople and develop their businesses.

Knowing that there is a need for people and that people are looking for new ways to work or their next career path, the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin has developed a video series that can be shared and used with people who are exploring a skilled trades career. Their stories are unique and have taken them to different places. Click the image above to see the “Is Apprenticeship for Me” video series.

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