So you’ve decided you want to work in the skilled trades, now what? If all you know is that you don’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day, it can be hard to decide where to start. We spoke to our industry expert and skilled trades’ employment consultant, Mike Harwood, to get some advice for anyone considering a career in the skilled trades. Mike gave us four tips to think about before choosing a trade:
- Find something you’re passionate about. There’s so much variety in the trades it’s easy to find something that suits your interest. If working with wood and building excites you, then go for it. Do your research and find a facility that specializes in that training.
- Don’t just focus on the money. You have to go to that job everyday so, if you don’t have the passion for it, waking up every day is going to get ugly.
- Build your skills. If you don’t have any experience or training, an employer can’t be sure of what you know. Pre-apprenticeship training is important because it gives companies a baseline to know what you’ve been taught and what they can build on.
- Don’t underestimate the manufacturing sector. According to a recent survey, Canada added 36,000 manufacturing jobs from Dec 2014 – Dec 2015 (Source). There are a lot of jobs in millwrighting and machining and it is a real immediate need. Right now there are huge gaps with companies that have some very mature workers and some young people that are coming into the trade but very little in-between. These companies are trying to build a more diverse workforce because of retiring workers, and that means lots of opportunities.
A great way to start your research is by checking out the trade profiles on ApprenticeSearch.com. After you have an idea of the trade you want to pursue, you can start researching pre-apprenticeship programs, like The Centre’s, to find one that works with your situation.