Steps to an Apprenticeship

Every presentation is:

  • free of cost, 
  • can be done virtually or in person, 
  • will be approximately 45 minutes in length, 
  • can be catered to your group’s interests. 

Our "Steps to an Apprenticeship" presentation is a comprehensive guide to the process of becoming a skilled tradesperson in the Yukon. This presentation covers the 42 designated trades in the territory, the steps involved in undertaking an apprenticeship, and the many benefits of one’s chosen career path. Whether someone is interested in aesthetics, baking, carpentry or another trade, this presentation will provide youth with the information they need to get started on their journey. This presentation is designed to inform and inspire anyone interested in pursuing a rewarding career in the trades.


Hands-on Experiences

Our workshops offer a chance to engage in interactive activities related to various trades and technology careers. This immersive experience helps identify one's personal interests, strengths, and skills. The workshops are tailored to cater to the group's preferences, skill levels, and time constraints. The range of activities may also be influenced by the availability of space and resources.

Examples: building mini picnic tables for carpentry, claymation workshop for 3D animation, electrical circuit greeting cards for electrical, etc.

Guest Speaker

We are happy to bring an industry professional to your group as a guest speaker who will discuss their trade and provide an interactive experience or demonstration. The speaker will offer valuable insights into their profession, including the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the trade. Youth will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of that specific trade or technology career.

Examples: making a specialty dish with a cook, learning how to take and edit photos with a photographer, making extension cords with an electrician, etc.

Industry Tours

An industry tour is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in trades to explore the day-to-day activities of tradespeople. These tours take place at local businesses where participants can witness firsthand the work that goes into various trades. Youth will have the chance to observe, ask questions, and learn about the various tools and equipment used in each trade. Transportation can be arranged, subject to availability, notice and other factors. 

Examples: Yukon University trades classes tour, printing shop, mechanics shop, culinary school or restaurant, etc

Skills Club

Skills Clubs are extracurricular programs that aim to engage young people in the opportunities that trades and technology careers can offer. These clubs are run by volunteers (educators, tradespeople, etc.) who help participants experiment with different trades such as hairstyling, mechanics, robotics, sewing and carpentry. The duration of the Skills Clubs can run for as many sessions as you'd like. For example, some are over the course of an entire school semester and others run once a week for 1 month. Timing depends on the capacity of the volunteer. 

Step 1

If you are interested in running a Skills Club - decide which skill you'd like to share. If you're not sure what skills are best to offer, we will happily help you with information about what we're currently seeing the demand for.

Step 2

Reach out to us with an idea and we will help you with next steps. We can help advertise, outfit your Skills Club with materials and supplies, and support in other places needed. (ex. safety equipment, groceries, tools, space rental, registration forms)

Step 3

Start advertising your Skills Club and promoting it! Create a poster to display at schools, the library, or youth centers, or share it on school announcements. Once you’ve found participants to join, we’ll provide you with all the required forms to register participants. 

Past Skills Clubs

Carpentry club at FH Collins in 2022

Carpentry club at FH Collins in 2022

Picnic table building in Carmacks in 2022

Picnic table building in Carmacks in 2022

Hairstyling club held at Studio Esque in 2022

Hairstyling club held at Studio Esque in 2022

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Girl's Group: Building Skateboards at Porter Creek Secondary School, Whitehorse, 2019

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Shed building in Haines Junction, 2018

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Electrical Installations training for the Territorial Skills Competition at Yukon University, 2019

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Hairstyling training for the National Skills Competition at Kutters Hairstyling, Whitehorse 2019

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Baking club at Vanier Secondary School, Whitehorse, 2019

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Cooking club at Robert Service School, Dawson City, 2019

Cardboard Races

Cardboard races are a fun and exciting way to encourage leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Teams are provided with cardboard, duct tape, and utility knives to craft a boat or sled and must work together to construct the most well-built vessel. Whether you're a seasoned participant or a newcomer, cardboard races are a great way to challenge yourself and have fun with others.