SKILLS CANADA shines spotlight on careers in skilled trades

By engaging students in local activities and clubs it allows youth the opportunity to realize their own potential and unique skills.

Skills Canada – Helping Youth Discover Careers in Skilled Trades
Demonstrating to young people that other options exist for achieving financial, personal and social success is at the root of Skills/Compétence Canada’s (S/CC) mission. As a national, not-for-profit organization we work with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. We have a unique position with offices in all provinces and territories which enables us to work closely with young people to help them discover their future career paths. By engaging students in local activities and clubs it allows youth the opportunity to realize their own potential and unique skills.

Imminent Skilled Trades Shortage
By 2020, it is estimated that Canada could be short about 1 million workers due to an ageing population and declining birth rates (Conference Board of Canada, 2000). The first baby-boomers are due to reach retirement age by 2012. In 2015, almost half the workforce (48%) will be between the ages of 45 to 64 (Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 2003). In the next two decades, 40 per cent of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies (Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program, 2004).

A Bright Future for those Pursuing Careers in Skilled Trades
Achieving certification in the skilled trades is a ticket to a good future given the high demand, good pay, ability to travel across the country, and lower rates of unemployment. With the eminent skills shortage caused by lower birth rates and an aging population, the high demand for tradespeople will not diminish. Most people who work in the skilled trades and technologies often make better-than-average salaries. Currently, those with a skilled trade can often have their pick of jobs because the skills shortage is so high.
Careers in trades and technology include a variety of jobs in the following six sectors: construction, employment, information and technology, manufacturing, service and transportation. For more information, visit www.skillscanada.com and see the Skills Profiles section.

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