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
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!
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
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
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)
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.
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.
skilled trades workers, the demand for housing is only going to climb
(especially in Vancouver!), so the demand for skilled tradespeople will climb
3. You Can Rest Assured You Have Local Job Security
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?
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!
practicing in the trades industry, you can rest assured that you don’t need to
worry about your job being easily outsourced.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades? Learn more about our programs here or apply below!