Top 5 Reasons to Get Trades Training in Canada
Just what makes a trade school education so beneficial in Canada? Here's a look at why it should be your next step.
1. Trade School Can Help You Stand Out
Many jobs require training and education beyond high school. According to a recent study, almost 7 in 10 workers in the skilled trade sector had some post-secondary education, and the majority of that education (more than 60%) was below the bachelor's degree level.* So with a trades certificate, diploma, or associate degree, you're immediately on par with over half of the work force!
Nearly 8 out of 10 plumbers and electricians had a trade school education, but not all trades are as strict. Only 4 out of 10 workers in the construction industry had education beyond high school. So, with formal training in those fields, you could stand out to potential employers as meeting a higher standard.
2. There's Help Available
Canada's Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a cash grant that's available to workers who have successfully finished their first or second year (or equivalent level) of an apprenticeship program in one of the "Red Seal" trades. This grant, designed to help cover tuition, travel, and tool costs, is for $1,000 per year, and up to $2,000 per person for those who meet the eligibility criteria.**
3. There's Constant Growth in the Industry
Just over 1 million people were employed in the trades in 2007. Since the 1990s, employment in this area has grown over 2% each year—a percentage higher than the non-trade sector.* In the overall job market, workers in skilled trades are actually better positioned than others. Skilled trade postings were up 40% from previous years, and one out of every five Canadian job postings is for skilled trades.***
4. Workers Will Always Be Needed
It seems like there's been an unfounded stigma about working in a "trade" job. As a result, there's a shortage of skilled workers, especially in these industries:
- Construction industry (plumbers, carpenters, and electricians)
- Transportation (automotive and aviation technology)
- Manufacturing (tool makers, industrial mechanics, and die makers)
In the next two decades, it's estimated that 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies.****
5. The Salary is Better Than Average
Who doesn't want a salary that's higher than average? Oftentimes, that can mean an office job. However, if you don't want an office job, but do want a higher than average salary, then skilled trades is a smart choice! A skilled trade employee earns an average hourly wage that is 6 % higher than other fields ($22.36 an hour compared to $21.02 an hour).†
* Statistics Canada, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.
** Service Canada, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.
*** Canadian Business, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.
**** Study Magazine, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.
† Talent Egg, Average Starting Salaries for Entry Level Skilled Trades Jobs, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.
Red Seal Program, website last accessed on June 15, 2015.