While unemployment rates are constantly being monitored and worried over, there is one very broad field of employment that is consistently experiencing a shortage of workers: Skilled Trades.
There are so many occupations that fall under the umbrella of Trades. Some examples of the much-needed skilled trades of which we think are plumbers, electricians, and carpentry. But your student could also pursue a service trade of hair stylist, food and beverage server, chef, jeweler, or arborist! There is a trade for every gifting and interest, and high demand for each of them.
If your student is looking to use their natural gifts and abilities, and hone those skills for excellence in a way that serves their community and promises a measure of job security, they may want to pursue a trade. Did you know there are over 200 designated trades in Canada? Find the one that is right for your student.
There are a few ways to open the door into the trades. You likely know someone who is working in the trade your child is looking to pursue. It would be a very good idea to speak with them about an internship arrangement so that your child can learn on the job and get a taste of what is to come before they invest in the education required to obtain their certification. They can learn the software or technology that the specific trade uses, as well as provide the opportunity to develop a very job-specific character and work reference to add to their resume. This internship (or co-op placement) can be counted as a high school credit, but more importantly could contribute towards their PLAR credits.
If your student is still in high school, and you don’t have someone with whom you can set up an internship relationship, you may want to get involved with a Youth Apprenticeship Program in your province. Another benefit to these apprenticeship and internship programs is that your child can be earning an income while they are learning! And very often, your child can get a job in the field immediately following high school graduation.
Many of the links under University and College also relate to Trades, because, while the trades are mostly on-the-job learning, there is certainly an in-class portion of schooling that needs to be completed. Check out http://www.campusstarter.com/TradesandApprenticeships.cfm
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