How can we decrease the expected shortage of skilled trade workers and welders in Ontario and the rest of Canada? This may be one of many needed solutions. For more articles discussing similar topics please visit http://advancedwelding.ca/home/
“Thousands of new jobs in the skilled trades were created in British Columbia when the federal government gave the Vancouver Shipyards the $3.3 billion contract to build 10 new non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard last year. This includes jobs in welding and pipe-fitting. Anticipating a possible shortage of qualified tradesmen, the Canadian Welding Bureau accredited test centers in the Philippines to screen well-trained welders. “The welders that we are training in Canada right now are not sufficient to fill that vacuum that’s why the Canadian government is looking of hiring temporary workers from outside, and right now, the Philippines is a very favorable place to hire the welders,””(ABS-CBNnews.com, Rowena Papasin, January 15th, 2014).
With more welding jobs sure to be created by the expansion of the Alberta Oil Sands, as well as the prospect of thousands more being created by the Keystone Pipeline, why is the Canadian government investing so much money abroad? As of late there has been a positive shift in Ottawa’s new job grant offer but why is there such a delay in getting funding to Canadians? With the national unemployment rate sitting at roughly 10%, and that of youths in Canada nearly double that, should our government not be focusing on trying to fill these available jobs with Canadians who are currently unemployed?
Experts are predicting a shortage of over 120,000 thousand skilled trade workers in Alberta alone within the next 6 years. With the people to fill these jobs (given the current unemployment rate in Canada) shouldn’t the focus be shifted towards getting these potential workers the skills to fulfill these positions? I’m almost certain that hard working Canadians would prefer seeing their tax dollars go towards helping fellow Canadians gain the skills required to find gainful employment, and in turn lower the national unemployment rate and in the long run create a more prosperous Canada! So let’s get things straight, we have hundreds of thousands of welding & skilled trade job opportunities to fill in the coming years, and we also have people who are not currently working that are capable of filling these positions. I am no genius, but the solution to this dilemma seems to be kicking us in the face, provide more funding that people can actually access so that they can acquire the skills required to fill these positions. Voila!