Skilled trades need to be filled: officials

Like the Maytag man in the old TV commercial, Dave McFadden sits beside the phone hoping it will ring.

As a human resources manager, McFadden waits for local high schools to call for a co-op placement in one of the shops at Barrie Welding and Machine on Anne Street.

“I got one phone call this year, I used to get 12 to 15 calls,” he lamented inside Georgian College’s skilled trades building, Wednesday.

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Manitoba Funds Programs to Boost Trade Jobs in the North

New funding announced by the province on Wednesday will invest in programs linking students to careers in trades.

“Training in trades means access to better jobs and with the Skill Build program we’ll help more students get valuable hands-on learning opportunities and get ready to make the transition to trades training,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan during an announcement at Tec Voc High School. “Bringing more technical vocational programming into our classrooms in rural communities will allow students to learn and contribute to their local community and economy.” read more…

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012 kicks off

Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC)—a not-for-profit organization promoting careers in skilled trades and technologies—kicked off National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012 on Monday at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Que. The weeklong event, which includes interactive student skills activities across the country hosted by Skills/Compétences Canada and its member organizations, highlights the “shortage of skilled trade and technology workers and the tremendous career opportunities this presents for youth”.

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Skilled trades a vital ingredient

Many Canadians are undoubtedly missing NHL hockey, but looking at the bigger picture, things would be much worse if it was Canada’s skilled tradespeople who were on the sidelines because of a lockout.

On Tuesday, Skills/Compètences Canada hosted the launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012, which was created to celebrate the importance of skilled trades in Canada and their history in shaping the country. read more…