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Why are Canada's youth not willing to pursue a Career in a Skilled Trade?

“Canada’s shortage of handy skilled-trades workers — including mechanics, welders and construction staff — is likely to get worse as the number of qualified older workers approaching retirement outnumbers the younger ones who will take their place, according to new data from Statistics Canada.”

Canada’s shortage of handy skilled-trades workers — including mechanics, welders and construction staff — is likely to get worse as the number of qualified older workers approaching retirement outnumbers the younger ones who will take their place, according to new data from Statistics Canada.” (Jason Fekete, Young Canadians are backing away from skilled trades, StatsCan finds, www.canada.com)

Statistics Canada recently released information from its 2011 National Household Survey, more specifically details on education in Canada. The data shows that a large number of skilled trades professions, including welding, will face significant labour shortages in the coming years. They were able to come to this conclusion by comparing the lower proportion of adults aged 25-34 with a trades certificate to the higher portion of older adults aged 55-64 who are near retirement with a trades certificate.

According to Statistics Canada’s data these problems were particularly prevalent with jobs such as; mechanics, machinists, welders and construction workers. “In the area of “precision production” trades such as machinists, sheet metal workers and welders, there were 12,925 (or 21.7 percent) fewer young people with a trade certificate than there were older adults.” (Jason Fekete, Young Canadians are backing away from skilled trades, StatsCan finds, www.canada.com)

Skilled trade workers are extremely and critically important for the Canadian economy. These are the people who build, maintain and ensure the infrastructure of our nation and if we do not improve upon what we are doing right now, this problem will only get worse. With so many companies having moved their operations overseas or to third world countries, there is a common perception by young adults and even some parents that skilled trade workers are no longer needed in our country.  This is completely idiotic! Due to this perception we are now facing one of the biggest skilled trade shortages that this country has ever seen. This is not a problem we can ship off overseas to get fixed. This is a problem we need to fix right here at home. We must engage our youth, and show them the advantages of possessing a skilled trade. The wages are high and the job opportunities are abundant!

Anyone who knows current education practices knows that; every child is different and unique, each individual have a unique set of skills, they all learn in different ways (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile), and that something that works for one child may not necessarily work for another.  This goes to show that not all young adults are made to sit in a classroom and attend traditional post-secondary education. Some people need to have the opportunity to manipulate and build things with their hands, others need to have the ability to get those creative juices flowing, while others just can’t stand sitting at a desk all day. If you’re one of those people, a trade could just be the career you are looking for. The perception that you need to go take business or biology at college or university to be successful is completely bogus. I’d go as far to say that people with a skilled trade certificate have a far better chance of employment in their specific field when compared to people with a degree or diploma from a college or university.

The government has stated that the construction sector (carpenter, welder, electrician, ect…) alone will need roughly 320,000 NEW workers over the next 7 years. With an amount of prospective jobs being that large, I’d say that choosing a career in skilled or technical trades in a no brainer.

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