More Youth Considering a Skilled Trades Career

According to a study from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), more youth today are actually interested in obtaining a career in the skilled trades than they were in 2004. The executive director, Sarah Watts-Rynard of the CAF said: “That’s good and it does indicate that messages are getting through about...

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Are you skilled enough to succeed in Skilled trade and Technology?

  The week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 10 was National Skilled trade and Technology week. Set in motion by Skills/competences Canada, this project occurs every year to raise awareness on different aspects of skilled trades and technology careers.   This year’s theme was ‘Essential Skills’.  Theses skills are set...

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A New Campaign is Telling All, “Train N Trades”

Train N Trades has got high school students and their parents thinking about the future of Skilled Trades. Not only the trades themselves, but the career options that exist for the graduating classes for years to come. As we all know the predicted number of vacant jobs in the skilled...

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Quite Possibly the Best Interview Tips Ever

The following just may be today’s top 5 “interview tips”. If they are not, they are considerably some of the best tips one could share.   1. Dress for Success – Although some may say different, at times the initial vibe of the interview could be set by the first...

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Women. The Key to the Skilled Trades Gap

In mid-June, Metro News reported on Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary’s speaking engagement at Algonquin College. She discussed the key in the Federal Government’s solution to close the skilled trades gap outlined in the most recent budget; young women. “Young women are the key to the Canada’s skilled trades gap.” “We’re...

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FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) Jobs – The Benefits for Employers

As the shortage of skilled trades professionals continues to prove problematic for Canadian employers, a variety of solutions is being sought, incorporating both short and long term options. Earlier this year Canadian Business magazine forecast a shortage of between 22,000 to 32,000 skilled workers in Northern British Columbia alone and...

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Skilled Trade License Fees Stir Up Discussion

Licensing fees imposed by the newly created Ontario College of Trades sparked some lively discussion during last week’s Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce meeting. The new fees apply to apprentices in many construction, industrial and service industries. Critics have argued the fees could discourage young Canadians from pursuing a career...

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Skilled trades’ apprenticeship program continues to skyrocket!

More schools and more students in New Brunswick are getting onboard with a pilot program that highlights in-demand skilled trades.   The New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program started last year as a three-year pilot project aimed at giving high school students a head start on skilled trades-related apprenticeships. The pilot...

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