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New Canadian website to promote careers in trades


November 12, 2012
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Two national organizations, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills/Compétences Canada, have partnered to revamp the popular Careers in Trades website and ensure Canadian youth have to access up-to-date information on skilled trades careers.

“Apprenticeship stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada tell us promoting careers in the skilled trades is a fundamental priority,” said Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, in a statement.  “With skills shortages looming in many trades, ensuring youth and students have opportunities to explore career options in the trades is as important to the Canadian economy as it is to individuals suited to hands-on, well paid and highly-satisfying work.”

The revamped website features step-by-step information on how to take up an apprenticeship, lists the advantages of a career in the trades, and offers youth, educators and parents stories from real apprentices across Canada.  Over the next few months, additional resources for educators and students will also be updated.

“We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to reintroduce the Careers in Trades website,” said Shaun Thorson, CEO of Skills/Compétences Canada, in a statement. “It will be a valuable resource for thousands of career seekers looking for a rewarding future in the trades and technologies.  Supporting and promoting apprenticeship and training is essential to meet the demand for qualified skilled trades professionals.”

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The original Careers in Trades website was developed by the two organizations and launched more than five years ago as part of a national career awareness campaign.  It remains one of the most popular sites in Canada for information in the skilled trades.

Visit the new site at www.careersintrades.ca.