Skilled trades shortage looms

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There continues to be a shortage of skilled trades workers on P.E.I., with electricians, plumbers and carpenters particularly in demand, a problem many in the industry say is about to get worse, CBC has reported.

In Canada, 250,000 people are expected to retire from skilled construction work in the next several years, Sam Sanderson, general manager of the Construction Association of P.E.I said in an interview with the broad-caster. He said it’s urgent to get young people interested in the trades.

“We need to get youth involved, get some excitement into it for them, really show them what the trades sector and construction industry is all about,” said Sanderson.

As an example, most trades students won’t have to look far to find work once they graduate from Holland College’s Summerside campus.

Kent Sheen, the college program manager for Industrial Technology and Trades, said employers often seek out students months before graduation.

“The resounding comments from all of our trades advisory groups are yup, we’re having challenges, yup, we’re always on the lookout for people,” he said.

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