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November 16, 2012

Revamped website promotes careers in the trades

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) and Skills/Competences Canada have partnered to revamp the Careers in Trades website, which provides resources and information to Canadian youth about getting an apprenticeship and employment in the skilled trades.

“Apprenticeship stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada tell us promoting careers in the skilled trades is a fundamental priority,” said Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive director of CAF, an organization that unites stakeholders in Canada’s apprenticeship community to share common challenges and identify solutions, promote careers and research apprenticeship barriers and best practices.

“With skills shortages looming in many trades, ensuring youth and students have opportunities to explore career options in the trades is as important to the Canadian economy as it is to individuals suited to hands-on, well paid and highly-satisfying work.”

The revamped website features step-by-step information on how to take up an apprenticeship, lists the advantages of a career in the trades, and offers youth, educators and parents stories from real apprentices across Canada.

It offers answers to questions such as “why the trades?” and “where do I start?” It also dispels myths such as “university is the only path to a good career” and “jobs in the trades are dead-end jobs.”

Over the next few months, additional resources for educators and students will also be updated.

“It will be a valuable resource for thousands of career seekers looking for a rewarding future in the trades and technologies. Supporting and promoting apprenticeship and training is essential to meet the demand for qualified skilled trades professionals,” said Skills/Competences Canada chief executive officer Shaun Thorson.

Skills/Competences Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that actively encourages and supports a coordinated Canadian approach to promoting careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth.

The original Careers in Trades website was developed by the two organizations and launched more than five years ago as part of a national career awareness campaign. It remains one of the most popular sites in Canada for information in the skilled trades.

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