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Trades, Technical Trades, Skilled Trades Companies and The Welding Consultants That Can Meet Your Needs

"Currently there is a skilled trades shortage in Ontario and it has reached an all-time high," says Mani Goulding, Director of Talent Management at Ontario Power Generation (OPG).

"It is a fact that 26% of Ontario's skilled trades professionals will be eligible for retirement within 10 years...

"Currently there is a skilled trades shortage in Ontario and it has reached an all-time high," says Mani Goulding, Director of Talent Management at Ontario Power Generation (OPG). 

"It is a fact that 26% of Ontario's skilled trades professionals will be eligible for retirement within 10 years. This coupled with an ever-increasing gap between organizations' staffing requirements and candidate pool availability within the skilled trades sector has caused great challenges for employers."  (Linda White, Skilled trades shortage ‘at an all-time high’, Canoe.ca)

 

Roughly 26% of Ontario’s workers in the skilled trades will be eligible for retirement during the next decade. This, along with the increase in jobs projected to be created spells disaster for Canada. The government have had some good ideas and relative success with regards to the Apprenticeship Programs that have been put in place. One of the problems is that a large majority of companies do not want Apprentices who are totally green and end up being more of a hazard or a liability in the workplace. A solution could be as simple as having companies and training providers working in collaboration to develop specialized training programs made for apprentices coming into your company. This would ensure apprentices being competent when entering the work environment. There have been steps taken to solve this massive shortage we are soon to experience, we now need to adapt and improve upon some of the things that have been put in place and work together to find a solution. If you are having trouble finding companies to use these government funds to take on apprentices maybe we should get to the core of why we are having these problems. From what I’ve heard from people within the industry is that one of the reasons is that companies do not want to take the risk of getting incompetent or dangerous apprentices. Giving companies the opportunity to work in collaboration with training providers such as us would allow them to create relevant and fully customizable programs which would allow the prospective apprentices to have skills prior to being thrown into the ring.

 

In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technological trades.

§  According to a recent Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills Canada poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid:

·         42% of Canadians youth claim they are unlikely to consider a career in the skilled trades;

·         67% of youth and 55% of adults would choose university as the first post-secondary option;

·         26% of youth said they would consider a career in the trades;

·         60% of youth said their parents have not encouraged them to consider a career in the trades;

·         71% of youth said guidance counsellors have not encouraged them to consider skilled trades professions.

The trade shortage is inevitable and it is sure to have an extremely large impact on businesses in Ontario and the rest of Canada. The problem is that the message is not getting through to enough people that can make a change and have Canada prosper over the next decade. The trades are an extremely good way to make a living. With most incomes being well above the Canadian average getting trained and certified as a welder, an electrician or any other skilled trades worker you are choosing a prosperous career and future. 

If you are looking to try Welding we offer FREE TRIALS, all you need to do is call 1(800) 794-7840 or (905) 575-8311 to book yours today. In addition, we offer companies welding consulting; whether it is writing and qualifying procedures, testing employees to C.W.B., T.S.S.A. & A.W.S. standards, custom Welder Training Programs delivered at our modern accredited Training Facility or in-plant at your location.

 

Feel free to visit our website at www.advancedwelding.ca for more information.

 

 

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