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WHY INSTRUCTORS – THE NEXT LABOUR CRUNCH – ARE IN DECREASING SUPPLY by Michelle Morra Carlisle, with files from Jeffrey Reed WANTED! C areful what you wish for. Initiatives to attract the next generation of workers to the trades are gradually paying off. Young people are getting the message that the trades are a smart career move, yet this renewed interest in the skilled trades has caused a new gap. Just as a booming economy created a shortage of workers, an influx of new apprentices has brought to light a shortage of trainers. Any progress made in recruiting young workers is limited by the number of instructors in schools and mentors on worksites. The Construction Sector Council (CSC) estimates the need for 316,000 workers to replace the retiring workforce in the construction industry by 2017. Construction estimators, heavy equipment operators and ironworkers will be in especially high demand. In a recent report, the CSC stresses that industry training and apprenticeship should be a priority to meet those demands. In the petroleum industry, a study by the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada suggests there will be a need for at least 39,000 new workers regardless of future energy prices and industry activity. With continued industry growth, 130,000 workers will be needed to fill new positions and keep pace with retirements over the next 10 years. For industry in general, studies anticipate that Canada will have people without jobs, and jobs with people, because of gaps in training and skill sets. 36 Young Recruits Wanted If money talks, schools are seeing evidence of that as students respond to a push for workers in the well-paying trades. Darrell Hilman, Academic Chair, Pipe Trades, at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, says there has been a shift, particularly in the pipefitter trade, where journeymen may earn between $100,000 and $150,000 a year. While in the past, parents wanted their kids to get post-secondary education at university, he says, “In the last five to 10 years there’s been increased attention on [the trades].” Since the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship program introduced the concept of trades as a career into the high school system in 2004, more than 10 per cent of SYA graduates have gone on to register as apprentices. Industry has also responded by funding a scholarship program, which provides 40 scholarships per year of $1,000 each. Industry stakeholders have collaborated successfully on other initiatives such as Trade Up!, which promotes careers in the electrical trades; Skills Canada, which actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technology; and Careers – the Next Generation, a non-profit that helps students earn while they learn through internship. Neil Tidsbury, president of Construction Labour Relations (CLR) Alberta, says that as a result of these and other initiatives there are more youth looking for indentureships and Mechanical Contractors Associations of Alberta, B.C., Manitoba & Saskatchewan 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Western Journal 2012

MCA Canada Message
Alberta Message
British Columbia Message
Manitoba Message
Saskatchewan Message
Alberta Update
British Columbia Update
Manitoba Update
Saskatchewan Update
World Plumbing Day
Victim of Its Own Success
First of Its Kind in Canada
A New Approach: The Future of the Construction Sector Council
Protecting One’s Right to Timely Payment
Clean Energy Pays Big Dividends to Environment and Bottom Line
Index to Advertisers

The Western Journal 2012