s shortage of skilled tradespeople
We need to tie industry needs with curriculum development at the post secondary level and change the culture of our K 12 kids to: wanting to enter these quality professions!
Better trades options in high school for non academic focused/skilled students so they can be integrated /enter the labor force immediately after graduation is long overdue. This would reduce time lag for those students /persons wanting to become trades people and it would reduce red tape/ bureaucratic delays for those trying to access apprenticeships. Presently many persons wanting to work in the trades are unable to access such employment in order to get limited apprenticeships as they must be sponsored by a ticketed tradesperson. Networking is crucial. Conversely, other students without fulfilling work hours requirements manage to slide into various trades program seats because someone signs off on their hours for them. And of course competition with foreigners for positions complicates the issue further. Canada wide we have geographic areas where there exist employment (specifically in labor and trades) shortages (ie. east and maritime),while other areas are labor rich but lacking manpower (ie. northern BC/AB). There is no excuse for Canadians to be jobless (other than in/visble illness/disability) and government needs to focus on employing Canadians for a change.
Years ago BC had a good trades apprenticeship program. In Benett haste to destroy trade unions he effectively wiped out the apprenticeship program A nation that can not be bothered to train its own workers should not raid the supply in other countries. All employers need to do to attract workers here is pay an appropriate wage, foreign workers will quickly learn many employers are not paying the appropriate wage for Canada. Ryder Victoria
We need the good unions that are actually left in BC to train our own people. There are so many willing young people here that would love a chance to be trained. Why is there a shortage of apprenticeship programs in BC for Canadians? It needs to change.
We need to make it easier for young people to aquire skills and we need to change the attitude in schools that trades are for dumb kids who dont qualify for technical jobs. We also need to teach young people better values. Many young people today are looking for jobs with all the benefits and easy money instead of jobs that teach them portable skills. When I was growing up young people started at the bottom first and worked their way up aquiring the skills along the way by working beside skilled people. Today our highly educated young people want to start in the middle or near the top from the get go and dont want to pay the dues of learning by watching skilled people at work. I was and still am happy to learn anything new knowing that if I learn principles they will apply in any field of endeavour.
I think you really got to ask, why are people avoiding the trades in the first place? What going on? Peel the onion back, find out the answer and fix it.
Same old, same old, our ass kissing for votes politicians and our screwed up education system training computer experts and supposed rocket scientists when they should be training carpenters, plumbers and electricians etc who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
There is but one solution make it impossible for the eco nuts to stop the development of OUR resources! If that isn’t enough, force Ottawa to stop allowing the Natives to blockade our right to oil and it’s transportation and we’ll put honest folks back to work. In the 1960’s the mining industry was hiring Irish workers but back then the country was open to resource development until the NDP got in Today it’s not the NDP, they were handed their butt on a no confidence platter but rather Ottawa’s catering to the every whim and demand of the Natives so hire away from wherever, we need people who want to work, not fight work and take government handouts instead!
With today technology it seems no one wants to do skilled trades which involve physical labour or thinking for that matter. There must be a stronger incentive for young people to get into these trades.
We have all kinds of political rhetoric about mega projects but then fail to train our own citizens to fill those jobs. It makes no sense at all. On the other hand we hear about thousands of non skilled workers being imported to fill jobs like nannys and restaurant personnel when the real fact is that employers don want to pay living wages to our oun entry level kids. Something is quite wrong. It seems that the rich always win.
Wether the imported tradespeople come from Ireland, Iceland or even Iraq doesn matter. If they have the skills and they are willing to work then there a paid job waiting for them in BC and it would help if more people enrolled in recognized training programs since employment is almost guaranteed upon completion.
There are far to many Students enrolled in Soft diploma and degree Educate the kids when in highschool, if you want a plus $100,000 a year job right out of college learn a skill, Electrician, Welder,Pipe fitters,Steel Worker, Carpenter, Equipment operator/ Truck Driver, Millwright. Decrease funding to those soft degree and diploma divert funding to skills training so there is no waiting list what so ever for Skills training. Right now its a problem when our youth have to wait over a year to get into these courses. N drivers licence is also a problem for our BC youth hoping to get into job requiring full drivers license. Allow kids who have taken professional drivers course, adidas obuv pánska skid control, collision avoidance, defensive driving to take road test for full licence since they are now better drivers than majority of drivers in BC who have learnt only by trial and error.
What needs to be done about BC shortage of skilled tradespeople is to get rid of the LIBERAL GOVERNMENT they are the ones who have been systematically dismanteling the apprenticeship programmes in BC.
I am glad that they are bringing in people from the Commonwealth, the fact that they speak English should be a huge savings for Canadian taxpayers. How do we know we are short of skilled workers? All the young people I talk to say it is really hard to get work. How many people can take a trade when they are on EI? I do not think this country is doing enough (if anything at all) to get our Canadian young people in the workplace
The Provincial government could focus on providing trades apprenticeship programs in BC, like Ireland has, and help subsidize education costs for students interested in trades; which likely will encourage more applicants.
Societies establish and fund to produce workers. If there is a doctor shortage, causing salaries to go sky high, let the factory (medical school) produce more doctors to get the extortionist wages down; if there is a shortage of trades workers, ramp up the producing the trades. Responsibility for this belongs to government, so that where the blame for mis planning rests.
Training costs so much money that most people can afford to go to school to get it. If school and training for the trades were more accessible then more people would go into the trades. It always been a big problem for people looking for work want people people can get the with experience. Employers need to be more willing to train people on the job.
We should re instate the accredited apprentiship program we used to have. If we can be bothered to train our own people, what else can we do but find them elsewhere? But, of course, in the meantime, our young people are idle and unemployed Kirkpatrick, Abbotsford
Sponsorship for trades training and apprenticeship jobs might help. Unemployed young people and others working in minimum wage jobs, as well as a few university students might reconsider their options if given an opportunity.
The cost of going to school must be drastically cut. At least by 50%.
Unfortunately there is no immediate opportunity to solve the problem. The shortage of trained labour probably results from long standing shortages in « seats » for non union workers. Organized workers and their training has been part of the union worker/union company dominance. As a result unions do have workers to fill some of the available union positions; non union companies have only the non union, sometimes not so well trained, labour pool to draw on and it is fragmented. Regular citizens and employers who decry unionism and view a union as a hindrance to their right to work need to rethink this outlook. Non union management views unions as « scalpers » who want to usurp management rights. In my experience, as an employer of both union and non union employees, adidas obuv bazar (I’m now retired by the way), I learned that union business agents and union management were their own worst enemies. Instead of fighting each other, far better they should promote the benefits of union membership, adidas supravy union member skills, union hiring, and union contracting. Non union employers have the right to exist but in many instances, the non union crews are not as well trained. Times need to change! In the mean time, hire from out of the country if necessary, but the government needs to have stringent guidelines governing hours of work, wages, benefits and on going training.
Why import labour? Why not get rid of the tens of thousands of unnecessary government jobs and encourage those subsequently unemployed to retrain to do something USEFUL instead?!
Stop building stuff. or don allow foreign workers to come here to stem the rate of growth. rate of build. This is cyclic, with the pace of development, possibly unsustainable, if we constantly trained for this need now, it possible our workers are going to be as unemployed after these projects are done as those Irish trained for Irelands unsustained development and now coming here for work When over, send back to Ireland to be unemployed again. Maybe there room for our workers to replace them as trained at our current pace, otherwise no sense in getting too worked up about not having the workers available now or more training capacity for something that might not exist in the future or start to accommodate for more possible capacity.
Van de Meeberg, Vancouver, No longer employable for things to happen but make things to become reality ! So get the unemployed and give then a skill and aptitude test and then set them up in trade schools for plummer carpenter welder fitter so on and then make sure they get proper jobs after finished training.
No matter if government chooses to focus on resource sector development, a green economy or skills development, or all three a prosperous British Columbia requires strong labour force participation and parents of young children need access to affordable, quality child care if they are to be part of that prosperity. No sense having a Jobs Plan, or trying to get more women trained as skilled workers until BC has an affordable child care system like the $10/day Plan.
The reason we have a shortage is because Industry has steadfastly refused to train people as they feared they would seek employment elsewhere. Until the Government and Industry can come together on a plan it will continue to be a problem.
Meh. I’m all in favour of more Irishmen in Canada.
There are a lot of people unemployed that would love the chance for training to full fill this. I am speaking of people who are middle aged not high school, but people who have lost their jobs and need to start over again. This would be a win, win situation.
We need to be more proactive and visionary in anticipating our skills needs. Nurses, teachers have preceded this shortage and we haven’t learned. Prepare students in elementary school with « What do you want to be when you grow up? » and follow up with yearly career options available so students can plan their academic destination. In high school have pre apprenticeship programs allowing students to attain an upper entry level to their trade upon graduation rather than starting at the bottom. Carrot and the stick still works with enticement being what the $45.00 an hour job will bring compared to the $12.00 choice.