Skilled trade shortage remains a concern

By Dave Flaherty/ The Oshawa Express It’s a narrative that’s told again and again in Ontario, and across Canada – skilled workers are at a premium. However, newly appointed Skills Ontario CEO Ian Howcroft believes there is light at the end of the tunnel. “I think most experts are still forecasting a significant gap, but I’m optimistic that we are starting to move towards better addressing things,” he explains. “It’s far better than five to 10 years ago, and more and more people recognize we can’t delay.” But simply being more conscious of a problem isn’t a solution, and Howcroft says things are going to continue to “intensify”. Colleges Ontario forecasts by 2030 the province will face a skilled labour shortage of more than 500,000 workers. Denise Stirton, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) facilitator for the Durham District School Board, says in her view, interest in the trades is on the upswing with students. “I think there’s been a shift in the paradigm. I think parents are the key players in [showing] students that this is a viable career path.” DDSB recently hosted an information session on skilled trades careers for parents, and Stirton says it was very successful. One … Continue reading Skilled trade shortage remains a concern