On the job â€“ Personal stories
Kelsey - Journeyperson, Tool and Die
Kelso says she was always interested in working on machines.
"I discovered (while) doing a tour of a school, that I would get that opportunity if I picked Tool & Die."
She says thereâ€™s a big advantage to getting into a skilled trade. "I was able to work while I was going to school. I gained three years of work experience while still learning."
She says government grants she received meant she didn't have to worry about paying back student loans down the road.
"I think skilled trades need to be promoted as a great career option at the youngest age possible. You need to show people that they can go into the skilled trades - thereâ€™s nothing holding them back."
Watch this video from Employment and Social Development Canada to find out more.