Toll Free 1-800-794-7840
Bus. 905-575-8311
View Our Blog
Join us on InstagramConnect with us on LinkedInJoin us on FacebookFollow us on YoutubeFollow us on twitterFollow us on Google+Follow us on WordpressFollow us on TumblrFollow us on PinterestFollow us on Flickr

AWT Blog

Skilled trades in Canada - Where do we stand?

``In early June, Skills Canada—a non-profit group that promotes careers in trades and technology—hosted the Skills Canada National Competition. This year’s event, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, featured exhibitor booths, a closing- day speech by Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and a “Try-a-Trade and Technology” contest. The latter was a hit with the hundreds of young people who attended the National Competition. Boys and girls competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in activities that tested their abilities in robotics, welding, CNC machining, etc.``

`In early June, Skills Canada—a non-profit group that promotes careers in trades and technology—hosted the Skills Canada National Competition. This year’s event, at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, featured exhibitor booths, a closing- day speech by Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and a “Try-a-Trade and Technology” contest. The latter was a hit with the hundreds of young people who attended the National Competition. Boys and girls competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in activities that tested their abilities in robotics, welding, CNC machining, etc. `` (The state of the skilled trades sector in Canada, CanadianMetalWorking.com) 

As a country we have taken some steps to deal with the impending shortage of skilled trade workers in Canada. The question some are still asking themselves is, have we done enough? Yes, enrollment in pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships programs has increased over the past year, but are they increasing fast enough? We all know that the pending crisis due the retirement of a mass number of skilled trades’ workers is on the horizon and we have been trying to attract more Canadians to join the trades. The numbers are indicating that although we are making progress, we will not be able to replenish the workers we are losing fast enough.

The government has taken measures to recruit foreign workers to fill the void of retiring baby boomers in the coming years. I believe that the measures they have taken are positive ones and with the improved immigration policies with regards to people working in the skilled trade sectors, this should lead to more foreign workers staying and becoming Canadian citizens. Not only is the Canadian government recruiting these foreign workers to maintain the health of our skilled trade sectors, but they have also adapted their policies to try and keep these people in Canada and in turn become Canadian citizens.

Since we have had trouble recruiting current Canadian citizens to join the skilled trade workforce, I think this is a viable and interesting approach taken by the Canadian government. One would also hope that Canadians might take a step back and re-evaluate their perceptions and thoughts about a career in the skilled trades. It seems to be quite obvious that the skilled trades are in demand, and more Canadians should seriously consider a career where the demand and economic upside are plentiful.  

comments powered by Disqus
WELDER

Looking for a new career? Advanced Welding Techniques has the welder training you need.

Advanced Welding Techniques Inc.

1016 Upper Wellington Street
Hamilton, Ontario
L9A 3S3

Phone: 905-575-8311
Toll Free: 1-800-794-7840
Fax: 905-575-8171
Email:
advweld@advweldtech.com