Looming skilled workforce shortage predicted in Canada

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Skilled trades impact virtually all aspects of our day-to-day lives. Without properly trained skilled tradespeople on the job, many of the things we take for granted on a daily basis could be jeopardized. We rely on the thousands of skilled tradespeople in Ontario to be able to safely drive to the grocery store, visit restaurants, take public transit without worry, and keep the lights on in our homes and workplaces.

Yet, according to a recently released report by Employment and Social Development Canada, there will be projected labour shortages in a number of trades, including industrial and power system electricians, supervisors in railway and motor transportation occupations, and welders and related machine operators.

David Cameron, a welder and learning and development team leader at ArcelorMittal Dofasco knows his organization will soon face a shortage. “Our company could lose 500 or more maintenance employees due to retirements in the next five years,” he says.

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“With a looming skilled workforce shortage, students and their parents should be discussing the unlimited career possibilities in the trades,” advises David Tsubouchi, the Ontario College of Trades’ CEO. “An apprenticeship is a great way to earn money while learning a trade and working towards a rewarding and in-demand career.”

To address the predicted shortages and promote the skilled trades, the College — the professional regulatory body whose mandate is to protect the public interest by regulating and promoting the skilled trades in Ontario — participated in more than 200 events in 2015.

“Attending industry events, meetings and competitions, I see that there are great young individuals entering our trade, and I feel good about what they will bring to the industry’s future,” says Jim Pinder, a truck and coach technician Trade Board member.

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Find more information on a career in the skilled trades in Ontario online at earnwhileyoulearn.ca. – NewsCanada

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