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Why aren't parents guiding their boys and girls down the path to a prosperous career in the skilled trades?

“At a time when skilled trades are in more demand than ever, we have the opportunity to help women substantially improve their standard of living. While women are fairly well-represented in a few service-sector trades – florists and hair stylists, for example – they are seriously underrepresented in trades such as electricians, heavy duty mechanics, welders and millwrights.”

“At a time when skilled trades are in more demand than ever, we have the opportunity to help women substantially improve their standard of living. While women are fairly well-represented in a few service-sector trades – florists and hair stylists, for example – they are seriously underrepresented in trades such as electricians, heavy duty mechanics, welders and millwrights.” (Marcia Smith, More women in skilled trades is a win-win, The Globe and Mail)

The skilled trades are occupations that require a specialized set of skills, knowledge, as well as a variety of certifications. Even though more women have been getting into the skilled trades, the gender mix remains highly unbalanced. In 2012, men accounted for roughly 92% of all skilled trade workers! This is a number that has barely changed over the past two decades. This is extremely concerning given the fact that Canada’s labour market is already suffering from a mass shortage of skilled workers within the trades.

There is a big opportunity to increase women’s participation in the trades, and in turn increase their wages in comparison to other, traditionally women dominated, trades (florist, hairstylist, beauty aesthetician, ect…). If we were to compare the average hourly wage between male dominated trades and those of women, we would see a large discrepancy. For example, an electrician’s average hourly wage is $34/hour compared to that of a florist whose average hourly wage is roughly $14/hour.

As a society, we need to re-evaluate the way in which we are promoting the trades and think of new ways to get the information out there to Canada’s youth, as well as their parents. Parents need to be able to see the future of possibilities for their daughters in skilled trades such as: welding, carpentry, electrical and industrial mechanics. Not only do parents need to see the value and the importance of growing the trades in Canada, but so do our educators and career counsellors who need to do a better job promoting these skilled trades as viable career options for all youths, but more specifically women. The answer could be as simple as campaign ads on television, creating a website directory with detailed information and statistics about all of the skilled trades, or even trade specific information packages available online that provide details about job availability and wage possibilities.

 

I do not believe that there is one quick and easy fix that will solve this problem overnight. It will likely be a combination of initiatives and programs that have already been put in place and that will be coming to fruition in the future. I don’t have the all the answers, nor do I claim to have them. What I do know is that an acute shortage of skilled tradespeople and skilled trade workers is bad news for all Canadians, and in turn bad news for the growth and prosperity of our beautiful country.

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