According to a recent report by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Canada needs to attract 167,739 new apprentices over the next five years just to keep pace with current demand.
In the first quarter for 2019, there were 60,170 job vacancies in Red Seal trades, an increase of 14 per cent from a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada's job vacancy and wage survey.
In keeping with the need to understand the current face of the skilled trades in Ontario, Workforce Planning Hamilton will be launching the In-demand Skilled Trades Project by the end of the summer.
Employers will be interviewed one on one, and in focus group sessions to better understand what skilled trade positions are in-demand at the local level and why. Employers' training and recruitment challenges will also be investigated.
For more information or to be part of the project please contact Judy Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-521-5777 ext. 15.