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Demand for Skilled Labourers Government of Alberta spokesperson: – "Skilled tradespeople and technologists play an essential role in our economy and in our everyday lives, the skilled trades and technology workforce is essential to the province's future growth.
Demand, Continued “Alberta plays a key part in the scope of Canada. We have 10 per cent of Canada's working-age population, but we employ more than 20 per cent of Canada's apprentices."
Alberta Despite a cool economy over the past year, Sabir adds demand for skilled workers remains high in all categories. Despite current efforts, the province will still have more available trade positions than it can fill in the next few years, says Jerry Heck, vice-president of stakeholder relations and growth for Careers the Next Generation.
Alberta He cites trades such as welders, heavy equipment technicians and construction and building jobs as just a few of the areas in high demand due to continued growth, along with an aging workforce.
High School Experience The registered apprenticeship program currently involves almost 2,000 alberta high school students. The province currently has more than 70,000 registered apprentices.
Newfoundland According to a VOCM article entitled "Young People Focused on Skilled Trades", skilled trades careers are quickly becoming a good career choice for Newfoundland and Labrador's youth.
Newfoundland Skills Canada Newfoundland and Labrador President, John Oates, says more young people are looking at skilled trades as a viable career option due to great advancement opportunities, excellent compensation, and a chance to practice your profession throughout the province and nationwide if he/she obtains a Red Seal Journeyperson Certification.
Newfoundland John Oates credits the increased skilled trades interest and progress to greater partnerships with industry, government, labour, and education through provincial, national, and international competitions. He also says young people are now recognizing the benefits, rewards, and opportunities skilled trades have to offer, especially with projected labour shortages throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada, and possibly world wide.
National Even though we are experiencing one of the biggest economic downturns since the Great Depression, a combination of "baby boomer" mass retirements, increasing natural resources demand from emerging economies such as China, India, Russia, and Brazil, and greater industrial, residential, and institutional projects demand will result in skilled worker shortages across Canada.
Sustained Demand! The resulting skilled worker shortage means a large tradespeople demand over the next ten to twenty years.
National According to Harding Road Campus Principal, James Loder, if you're prepared to go where the work is, there are abundant opportunities. For electricians, steamfitters, welders, and plumbers, individuals skilled in these professions are having no problem obtaining employment. The main reason an individual considers a career in skill trades are higher than average pay. In fact, Statistics Canada reports an average tradesperson earns $22.36 per hour
Increased Demand While 15% of Canada's labour force population are actively employed as skilled tradespeople, all provinces and territories will continue to experience a large labour shortage if no proactive measures are taken.
Demand Some sectors are at greater tradespeople shortage risk than others, especially in the automotive, construction, railway, mining, and aircraft maintenance sectors.
Travellers Wanted The biggest barriers for anyone pursuing a skilled trades career are retraining and relocating, especially for workers with strong ties to their region or province.
Travellers Wanted As a result of this major barrier to skilled trades, especially in the Alberta Oil Patch, cross-country commuting has become a common event, meaning they follow the workflow without having to relocate their families.
NL-AB Many cross-country commuters from Newfoundland work on a "20 and 8" shift. This means that a person can work for 20 days in Alberta and then return to Newfoundland for eight days.
Trades People In Demand Throughout Newfoundland and Labrador Come By Chance, Sunnyside, Arnold's Cove, and other communities along Newfoundland's Placentia Bay area will need skilled workers to construct the province's fourth oil rig needed for the Hebron project. This project is expected to commence in 2012.
NL Continued Kathy Dunderdale, Newfoundland and Labrador's Natural Resources Minister, states that during production phase, she anticipates continued employment over the project's 20- 25 year life span.
NL Continued To help fill the 3,500 jobs expected to stem from the $20 billion project, the Newfoundland and Labrador government has spent an additional $1.5 million into new skilled trades courses at College of the North Atlantic, and another $1 million to develop two specialized programs targeted at the oil and gas industry.
NL Continued Furthermore, some high schools also offer a hands-on course called Future in Skilled Trades and Technology, where teachers teach their students how to use state of the art equipment and tools used in trades to perform various projects ranging from basic construction to engine repair.
Increased Skilled Labour These initiatives seem to be working. From 2006 to 2007, the province produced 65% more apprentices and 41% more locals attained their Journeyperson certification.
Not Just Hebron In addition to major tradespeople demand for the Hebron Project, they will be needed for Newfoundland and Labrador's other long term industrial mega projects including Vale Inco's Voisey's Bay Mine and Concentrator Facility, Nalcor's Lower Churchill Project, and Vale Inco's Hydromet Plant in Long Harbour.
Renewable Resources On April 2, 2009, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec governments signed a historic deal to sell electricity directly into North America's main power grid.
NY, NY The deal allows Newfoundland and Labrador to sell renewable energy from hydro directly to major North American markets, including up to 300,000 customers in the New York City area.
Carbon Footprint This precedent setting deal, allowing Newfoundland and Labrador to export energy other than fossil fuels like oil and natural gas to major markets, could set the stage for additional major renewable energy related mega projects in the next 10 to 20 years as North America's energy needs grow along with our need to reduce our "Carbon Footprint".