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From learning to earning, skilled trades graduates are in high demand
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The number one question parents ask at every Sault College Open House spotlighting its skilled trades programs is: After graduation, will my child be employed in their field?
“Considering Canada will be facing a shortage of 350,000 skilled trades workers by 2025, our graduates are sought after in our own community and nation-wide,” says David Orazietti, Dean of Aviation, Trades & Technology, Business and Environment.
“Competition for our graduates is so great, employers come here early. Our students have confirmed jobs before they leave Sault College,” Orazietti says.
Local employers Algoma Steel Inc. and Tenaris invest in Sault College’s skilled trades programs and serve on its advising committees. “Our industry partners give good advice on ways to make our programs even more responsive to their needs,” says Orazietti.
While all skilled trades are required immediately, employers are most interested in students earning certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships in welding, metal fabrication, automotive mechanic, heavy equipment and truck repair, machinist, millwright, plumbing, construction and maintenance electrician and industrial electrician.
Sault College certificates earned in just one year are launching lucrative careers. Students can opt to attend an additional year of school and earn their diploma or pursue an apprenticeship in their chosen skilled trade.
“Most programs begin with a common curriculum that is easily transferable should the student choose to get a diploma,” explains Corey Meunier, Chair, Technology and Skilled Trades.
While students are completing a certificate in the Millwright or Machinist program, they can opt to take an additional course and get a second certificate that will expand their job opportunities. Machinists repair or make new parts for machinery and millwrights install and maintain equipment in industry. “There is high demand in industry for both,” Meunier says.
A student graduating with a one-year welding certificate can get a great-paying, secure job immediately. The hiring employer is often willing to take them on as an apprentice, allowing them to complete their apprenticeship training and get their Red Seal, which allows them to work in the trade anywhere in Canada.
“We continue to train up to 500 apprentices annually, in these high-demand skilled trades,” Orazietti points out. While learning, the apprentice is also earning – a bonus they can appreciate.
The old stigma attached to skilled trades is no longer relevant, Orazietti assures. “Today’s jobs are modern, cleaner and safer than they were historically,” he says.
These jobs have high paying starting salaries with the potential to make more. Some Sault College grads say that with overtime they are making $100,000 or more annually.
Instead of jumping at any available position, Sault College skilled trades graduates can take their pick. “No wonder we’re seeing university graduates coming here to get their credentials needed for entering these high-paying, in-demand careers,” Orazietti says.
For more information, visit www.saultcollege.ca/skilledtrades.
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