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Does Your Workforce Need Jobs in the Trades?

For many years, the status quo dictated that a university degree was the only path to a well-paying job. Today though, that conjecture is changing, and there are alternative paths and training options that lead to lucrative careers.

Jobs in the Trades Are in High Demand Across Canada

According to the CBC, more than 167,000 new apprentices are needed nationwide over the next five years. Apprenticeships are a form of higher education that requires a combination of classroom learning and on-the-job experience, which results in a certification. Apprenticeships, as an alternative to university, allow students to earn money while they work towards their certificate. 

The CBC article titled Here's where Canadians are finding well-paying jobs in the trades also provides employment data from 2008 to 2018, indicating substantial growth for jobs in the trades, which now outpace jobs that require a university degree:

  • Metal fabricators increased by 41.6%
  • Rig technicians increased by 38.2%
  • Agricultural equipment technicians increased by 32.8%
  • Jobs that require a university degree increased by 15.1%

The increased demand for jobs in the trades is closely linked to  ongoing technology changes that impact the workforce. As technology infiltrates all industries, more skilled tradespeople are needed who can build, design, wire, install, and service critical equipment. 

Address the Gaps in Your Skilled Trades Workforce

image20People are often dissuaded from jobs in the trades at a young age. University education remains the requirement for many jobs, but it’s important to educate youth on the alternatives as well. Many young people would love to work with their hands and use technology to solve problems on a daily basis. 

In addition, Global News recently reported that there also tends to be a stigma associated with women who are entering jobs in the trades. 

Women currently hold 28% of the jobs in manufacturing, but only 4.5% of women have jobs in the trades. 

Due to the increasing demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada, women to be a part of the solution. Women make up 48% of the national workforce. Adding to the urgency is the fact that as the Baby Boomer generation begins to retire, additional gaps will be left in their wake. Many of those gaps are in the skilled trades. Workforce development strategies can include the promotion of skilled trades positions as first choice careers for men and women, and this information can be delivered to high school students looking into their education options. 

To address these labour shortages in real time, the Regional Labour Demand Report delivers accurate data quickly, specific to your community boundaries. Your workforce development strategies can be strengthened using local labour market information tools for today’s technologically advanced world.

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