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Welder Training and Careers in The Skilled Trades

“Members of the skilled trades workforce are older than the members of the workforce as a whole are.” (Skilled Trades by Joseph Quesnel, The Epoch Times, February 5, 2014) This simply means that the shortage of welder’s and other skilled trades workers will worsen if new workers do not replace those who are retiring.

“Members of the skilled trades workforce are older than the members of the workforce as a whole are.” (Skilled Trades by Joseph Quesnel, The Epoch Times, February 5, 2014) This simply means that the shortage of welder’s and other skilled trades workers will worsen if new workers do not replace those who are retiring. The first wave of “Baby Boomers” is in the midst of retiring, leaving Ontario and the rest of Canada with a massive shortage of skilled trade workers. This shortage is inevitably going to become worse if we do not provide training and trade certification access for Canadians looking to get into a career in the skilled trades.

Apprenticeship ratios are simply the number of apprentices in training that can be employed relative to the number of journeypersons employed by a certain company or organization. Many provinces have already reduced their ratios to one apprentice per journeyperson (1:1). In certain circumstances, like in Alberta & Newfoundland Labrador, they have changed their ratio to allow two apprentices for every journeypersons (1:2). Unfortunately, Ontario is the only province that has retained the three journeypersons to one apprentice ratio (3:1). This obsolete regulation that no longer coincides with the demands of the labour market is now, to a certain extent, preventing younger workers from entering the skilled trades and acquiring certification.

In addition, the accessibility or should I say inaccessibility of government funding is becoming a deterring factor. The Canadian government has invested millions of dollars into funds that are supposed to be encouraging companies to take on apprentices. The biggest issue is that companies are tentative to deal with the bureaucracy that comes with government funding, and in addition they do not want to babysit totally green apprentices. So why not come up with a solution? Could we not create a government fund that prospective apprentices could access to gain a quality education and skill set prior to being thrown into the fire. Would a short term program geared towards getting these prospective apprentices knowledge and certifications not be a good way to lure more companies into taking said apprentices? You now go from babysitting certain apprentices, to guiding them and expanding upon the knowledge they received through formal training.

 

Clearly what we are doing is not working! The funding and programs that are currently available have not done a good enough job at luring the volume of skilled trades workers required by Ontario, and the rest of Canada. We need to try something different. Perhaps, working in collaboration with various companies and skilled trade training providers, such as career colleges, would allow the Canadian government to get a better pulse on what the Canadian people want. It’s hard to make progress when the people in charge firmly believe that they already know everything! With a projected shortage of hundreds of thousands of jobs that will ultimately need to be filled by foreign workers, I’m sure the 8% of Canadians that are currently unemployed wouldn’t mind an opportunity at those jobs. Let’s get them the skills and training they need! 

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