The Benefits of Working in Skilled Trades

While often overlooked, the skilled trades industry is extensive and encompasses numerous career opportunities in the construction, transportation, manufacturing, and services industries. As a matter of fact, practicing in the trades industry yields an abundance of roles that incorporate innovative, hands-on, and creative tasks.

For those who have the drive to work with their hands, a career in skilled trades can lead to valuable roles as Construction Electricians, Residential and Commercial Electricians, Marine Electricians, Industrial Designers, Digital Technologists, Product Designers, Prototyping and Model Makers, CAD Technologists, Project Coordinators, Interior Space Designers, and many more!

Given the promising potential of skilled trades jobs, what are some other benefits of working in the industry?

1. You Can Transition From School to a Career Faster

For most people, the end goal of pursuing education is to eventually find a job and work. Considering this, one of the biggest benefits of entering the skilled trades industry is how soon you can start your career after receiving your post-secondary education.

Generally speaking, trades school can vary anywhere from 6 months to 2 years in length, depending on the respective niche. At Sprott Shaw College in particular, we have programs ranging from 12 weeks (Computer-Aided Design Technology) to 25 weeks (Electrical Foundations) to 66 weeks (Interior Design) and more.

On the other hand, however, the average time required to complete a university degree can vary anywhere from 4 to 6 years. Comparing this with a trades program, the amount of time required to complete it is half (at least!) of the amount of time it takes to complete a university degree.

By pursuing a skilled trades career, you significantly reduce the amount of time spent in school, allowing you to join the workforce sooner. Plus, completing a university program does not guarantee a job either, so it may not be the most favourable option to pursue depending on your financial circumstances.

2. The Demand for Skilled Trades Is Rising

If you live in Greater Vancouver, you’re probably familiar with the myriad of buildings and high-rises being developed on every block – it’s like Vancouver is a city constantly under construction.

Fortunately, the construction of these buildings bring forth the need for electricity and power, which leads to the demand for skilled tradesmen (and tradeswomen!) who are trained to execute these projects.

Luckily for skilled trades workers, the demand for housing is only going to climb (especially in Vancouver!), so the demand for skilled tradespeople will climb as well.

3. You Can Rest Assured You Have Local Job Security

Building on the idea of demand, those in the trades industry can rest assured they have local job security. Unlike some other professions and industries, skilled trades cannot be easily outsourced due to the nature of the role. How are you supposed to outsource a job that requires a physical person?

Today, outsourcing is one of the most serious threats to Canadian workers across the country. In fact, the federal government of Canada spent an estimated $12 billion on outsourced services in 2015 – and this amount totalled more than the budgets of Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission combined. Moreover, Canadian businesses in the technology industry spent $7 billion in outsourced services in 2019. Talk about a real threat!

So, by practicing in the trades industry, you can rest assured that you don’t need to worry about your job being easily outsourced.  

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