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Veterans are encouraged to pursue skilled trades


Published: 09/25/2015

by Marcus Johnson

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 To succeed in the Canadian military, one must possess a few key characteristics: drive, resourcefulness, and a can-do attitude.

Those same qualities are also crucial in the skilled trades.

That's why the Ontario College of Trades says it's eager to showcase the type of rewarding career veterans and those currently serving in the military can have in the civilian skilled trades.

The process starts with the College's Trades Equivalency Assessment (TEA) process, a system designed to assess the qualifications and experience of individuals trained outside Ontario. Under TEA, if a candidate's qualifications meet all of the training requirements of an Ontario apprenticeship, she or he can qualify to write the certification exam.

“It's important for the College to support our Armed Forces,” says Pat Blackwood, the College's Chair. “That's why the TEA process streamlines not only veterans' applications for certification, but the applications of anyone currently serving and looking for civilian certification.”

But there is fast-tracking for some, Blackwood points out. Veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces, who are trained in one of nine military trades matched to a civilian trade, can skip the assessment component of the TEA process and proceed directly to the exam. They're also eligible for a reduced assessment fee. 

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