Trillium Lakelands District School Board launched #StartMeUp, as a campaign designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of all regarding the wealth of opportunities and pathways available to students in the area of the skilled trades and apprenticeships.

The objective of the campaign is to explore current opportunities, start conversations, and plan for our students’ futures.

Who is this for?

Students, staff, parents, and community members will increase their knowledge and awareness of the multiple opportunities available to students in this area.

Why it’s important

Over the next ten years, as baby boomers retire, there will be a great need for skilled trade workers in Canada. Skills Canada estimates that 40 percent of new jobs created this decade will be in the skilled trades.

There are over 140 different career opportunities in apprenticeships in Ontario. See the below graphic for a full list, or explore the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program – Trades at a Glance.

The goal

  • Increase awareness that the skilled trades and apprenticeships are a viable option and opportunity to TLDSB secondary students.
  • Increase programs and services available to all TLDSB students – elementary and secondary.
  • Increase student enrolment in SHSM, OYAP, Dual Credits, Co-op and Technology Education.
  • Increase the knowledge and awareness of parents and community members of the multiple opportunities and benefits in the area of skilled trades and apprenticeships.

Want to help?

Are you interested in being apart of our #StartMeUp journey and helping educate our students by speaking at an event, providing a student with a co-operative education experience, being recognized through the TLDSB Spotlight Stories, and much more?

If so, fill out the #StartMeUp Champion Application and someone from the Pathways team will be in touch!


#StartMeUp Parent/Student Handbook

Download the #StartMeUp Parent/Student Handbook or reach out to your child’s school directly for a copy.

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#StartMeUp Mailing List

Are you interested in learning more about TLDSB pathways and programs, future skilled trades opportunities, events, and/or initiatives? If so, complete the #StartMeUp Mailing List Form to be put on our mailing list.

Contact information

If you have any questions about the #StartMeUp campaign, please email [email protected], or contact your secondary school directly.

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