A Closer Look

The Canadian Skills Shortage: Keeping Tradespeople Employed for the Foreseeable Future – MarketWatch

The current challenge of all major industrial manufacturers in Canada is the shortage of skilled workers with the right experience.

Research conducted by the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress, (CSTEC) underscores this challenge in the broader Steel Sector.

With a very high value-add per employee, when compared to the rest of manufacturing, the broader Steel Sector is a good example of the “perfect storm” facing industrial manufacturing on Canadian soil. Over the next five years the steel industry will need to hire between 19,000 and 29,000 workers from all categories just to replace retiring employees. A minimum of 5,000 skilled tradespersons will also need to be replaced. This must occur during a period of significant retraction within the global steel industry.

As the bulk of the baby boomers exit the labour market they walk away with a lot of accumulated knowledge, in some cases as much as forty years.

Failure to capture and transfer this knowledge to the new workforce presents significant risk to all aspects of the numerous manufacturing operations within the broader Steel Sector. 

This failure to act would result in direct impacts on safety, the environment, productivity, maintenance and certainly cost.


The nine recommendations to emerge as a result of CSTEC’s research include addressing this Knowledge Transfer on behalf of the Canadian Steel Sector.

They also include increasing collaboration with the steel-producing regions located in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia to continue developing a National Skilled Trades Strategy using a consortia approach. Early success with the Hamilton Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Consortium can serve as a model for this type of broad collaborative effort, with special attention given to each unique steel-producing region in Canada….

via The Canadian Skills Shortage: Keeping Tradespeople Employed for the Foreseeable Future – MarketWatch.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Jobs – Offres d’emploi – US & Canada (Eng. & Fr.)

The Most Popular Job Search Tools

Even More Objectives Statements to customize

Cover Letters – Tools, Tips and Free Cover Letter Templates for Microsoft Office

Follow Job Market Monitor on WordPress.com

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Job Market Monitor via Twitter



%d bloggers like this: