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The 2015 Pan Am Games, Skilled Trades and the lack of People Trained in the Trades

Premier Kathleen Wynne recently marked the one-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games. Thus far Ontario has made significant progress with regards to its preparations for the 2015 games. The construction of the facilities is said to be creating 26,000 jobs for Ontarians. In addition, Ontario is “expanding” its Pre-Apprenticeship program to help roughly 200 people train...

Premier Kathleen Wynne recently marked the one-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games. Thus far Ontario has made significant progress with regards to its preparations for the 2015 games. The construction of the facilities is said to be creating 26,000 jobs for Ontarians. In addition, Ontario is “expanding” its Pre-Apprenticeship program to help roughly 200 people train for successful careers in the skilled trades. The quotation marks are not meant to poke fun at the fact that they are investing into the skilled trades, but merely to point out the fact that experts have predicted a shortage of somewhere between 100,000 to 200,000 jobs that will go unfilled within the next five years in the technical trades. Are 200 new apprenticeship opportunities a good first step… absolutely? The problem is that if we keep progressing and investing into our countries skilled trades dilemma at this rate, the jobs will have come and gone and it will not be Canadians occupying these jobs. It will have to be foreign workers who fill these jobs which is essentially the same predicament we find ourselves in now. Canadian citizens do not have the technical skills or training to fill these jobs in the skilled trades that are in very high demand. Being someone who recently graduated University, I can tell you that more than half of my friends who went to school with me do not have jobs in their field of study. The reason why you ask… it’s because there isn’t any jobs in these fields. Yet we still focus on streaming our children to University and Colleges to be teacher’s or study pop culture when the reality is that those fields do not have any jobs. Why is it taking us so long to change our mentality with regards to the skilled trades and adapt to our country’s needs? There is great money to be made and jobs a plenty in the trades! It’s plain and simple; if you want to make good money and not stress about the possibility of employment once you are done your school or training, get into welding, plumbing, carpentry or any other skilled trade because that is where the jobs are.

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