Companies across Canada are all beginning to feel the pressure of an aging workforce and manufacturers in the GTA are in the same situation. These companies need to build a more diverse workforce to account for upcoming retirements and that means lots of opportunities. The Centre’s industry expert and skilled trades’ employment consultant Mike Harwood encourages people to consider roles in manufacturing, specifically training as millwrights. Right now there is a need for trained millwrights in Ontario. According to current labour statistics the employment outlook for Millwrights in Ontario and specifically the Hamilton Area is good.
Opportunities exist for millwrights in many different industries across the country. In Ontario millwrights can be found anywhere from auto manufacturers in the south to mining operations in the North. Since it’s a Red Seal trade, certified millwrights can take their trade across the country for work if demand drops in the province they reside.
In addition to growing job prospects, millwrights can expect to earn more than the average Canadian – according to a recent labour force survey by Statistics Canada the median wage for trained millwrights in the Hamilton area is $27.00 per hour with some people making as much as $38 per hour. As an apprenticable trade, people entering the field also earn an income while completing their apprenticeship. The challenge currently is finding an employer that can take on an apprentice. Mike has this advice for finding an apprenticeship “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.” Training programs like The Centre’s can help teach the skills employers are expecting when they take on an apprentice.