Teens to Trades® (T2T® )

teens to tradesApprenticeships in the trades, as with other forms of post-secondary education, are particularly suited to young people as a structured means to transition into a career.  An apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” approach to achieving valuable skills, as apprentices are paid while they develop and refine their skills in the workplace.  Given the Declaration of Support to Reservists provided by Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU), embarking on such an apprenticeship would not only provide for the establishment of a civilian career, but would accommodate the requirements of a part-time career in the military reserves.  As such, the Teens to Trades® initiative was developed to provide a viable civilian career path to complement and support the goals of young adults who are driven by a passion to serve in the military reserves.  Under the auspices of the Helmets to Hardhats® program, this initiative provides opportunities for apprenticeships, including someone who may have only recently been accepted into the military reserves.

Naturally, this would also apply to someone who may have already been in the reserves for a while, but who may yet have found a civilian career that would allow them to continue their part-time military service.  As such, not only does this initiative complement the recruitment of new people into the military reserves, but can also serve as a solution to attrition by providing a supportive civilian career that permits a longer commitment to part-time military service.