With an aging workforce and the challenge of locking down apprenticeships, the need for more skilled trades workers will only continue to grow in Canada.
Skills Canada has estimated one million skilled trade workers will be needed by 2020. It's estimated the home renovation industry will need 129,000 new skilled workers in the next decade. Another report, just released, estimates 40% of the jobs to be created in Canada over the coming decade will be skilled trades.
The looming shortage of skilled tradespeople is caused, in large part, by the inability to attract more young people into the trades.
Bob Blakely is the Canadian Operating Officer of the Building Trades Union and he says we need a change in how the trades are viewed. He points out you need the same intellect and moxy to become a skilled tradesperson as you do to earn an M-B-A at university but that's not how most people see it.
Blakely says a fully trained welder, for instance, can make in the range of $45 an hour and a lot more with overtime.