- Demand for skilled workers is increasing. Of the 1.4 million people working in the Canadian construction industry, 250,000 of them are planning to retire over the next 10 years. Canada needs 322,000 new construction workers to replace them and meet the demands of increased construction.1
- The money is good. According to Statistics Canada (2013) the average Canadian earns $47,359, annually for all other industries, while construction workers earn an average salary of $67,7622— a 30% difference! Also, construction worker earnings increased by 6% in 2013 nearly double the national average pay increase.
- You can get started quickly. You can kick start your construction career with post-secondary training at colleges, technical institutes and universities or you can speed that up even further by taking a “fast track” pre-apprenticeship program.
- You can find your perfect match. Whether you want to work high in the sky or with your feet firmly planted on the ground; new build construction or renovations, the construction industry has a job that will suit your preference.
- There’s room to grow. With time and experience, working in the construction industry allows you to advance your career as you choose; improving and adding to your skill level, advancement into supervisory and management positions and even self-employment.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training in Burlington offers a 26-week Home Renovation program starting March 29.
1. Source: BuildForce Canada data as of February 2015
2. Statistics Canada (2013)