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This Is What We Should Be Doing Here In The United States: The Canadian Government Creates New National Campaign ‘To Promote Well-Paying Careers’ In The Skilled Trades

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2019
by Prime Minister's Office News Release
This Is What We Should Be Doing Here In The United States: The Canadian Government Creates New National Campaign ‘To Promote Well-Paying Careers’ In The Skilled Trades

(DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA/CANADA) - Whether building homes, repairing vehicles or powering communities, people employed in the Skilled Trades provide services that Canadians rely on every single day.  That’s why, in the Canadian Government’s 2019 Budget, it was announced that funding would be made available to help more people - including young people and underrepresented groups, like women - pursue a career in the Skilled Trades.

The Government of Canada announced that $6 million has been set aside over two years to create a National Campaign to promote Skilled Trades to young people.  Canada will need 67,000 new Journeypersons to sustain its workforce in the 10 largest Red Seal Trades by 2023.  And young women continue to be less likely than young men to express interest in a career in the Skilled Trades.  According to a recent survey, only 2% of 15-year-old female students were planning to pursue a career in the Skilled Trades.

"Canadians count on tradespeople every day,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also announced the creation of a new Advisory Committee to help promote Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades across Canada. “They power our industries, keep our vehicles and public transit moving and build the places we call home.  By promoting in‑demand careers in the Trades, we can help more young people find good, well-paying jobs and build a stronger economy for the benefit of all Canadians.”

The Advisory Committee currently includes the following members, with further announcements to come: Mandy Rennehan, the Founder and CEO of Freshco; Ironworker Jamie McMillan, the Founder of KickAss Careers; and Matt Wayland, the Executive Assistant to the International Vice-President and Canadian Director of Government Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

The Advisory Committee will lay the groundwork for a National Campaign to encourage Apprenticeships and promote the Skilled Trades as a career of choice.

The Advisory Committee will lead consultations, explore partnerships and provide advice to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labor.

To Read This Labor News Report In Its Entirety, Go To: www.newswire.ca/news-releases/new-advisory-committee-to-promote-well-paying-careers-in-skilled-trades-for-young-canadians-835320998.html

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