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BC Skills Gap / Only 18 per cent of employers with trades have apprentices

Difficulty finding a job for that valuable work experience is a challenge for many beginning tradespeople, one that Jim Sinclair, president of B.C. Federation of Labour, says is due to declining numbers of employers that take on apprentices.

“The problem is that only 18 per cent of employers with trades have apprentices. The numbers have gone down in B.C.,” Sinclair said. “There’s two words that describe this: freeloading and poaching. That means that you’re not training to replace the grey hair in your room, so you’ve got to poach from somebody else who is doing the training.

“We’re now poaching the world, not just our own province or country. It’s completely unfair to the young people who need to be trained and it’s completely stupid for our economy.”

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via B.C. desperate for skilled workers.

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