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Working in a Trade

A career in a trade provides a platform for consistent learning with innovative technologies, opportunity for career advancement and high job-satisfaction. Being successful in a trade requires hard work, creativity, and problem solving skills. These jobs are typically more physical and involve keeping busy with hands-on activities. As a tradesperson, your skills will provide incredible value resulting in great satisfaction from being able to see the direct results of your efforts.

What is an apprentice?

Apprentices earn their trade credential through a combination of classroom learning and paid on-the-job training with an employer. Red Deer College offers apprenticeship training in 15 trades in a variety of fields.

Learn more about all our trades and apprenticeships programs.

What are pre-employment trades?

Unlike apprenticeship programs, you don't need experience in the trade and on-the-job work hours before you start training. The Pre-employment Trades programs in electrical, carpentry, plumbing and welding will prepare you to enter the workforce and give you an advantage when competing for entry-level employment.

Learn more about the pre-employment trades programs.