A national survey was implemented with 754 journeypersons with a view to giving apprenticeship stakeholders a better understanding of tradespeople’s career pathways. Findings provide insights about: income levels; related occupations and career advancement; the value of the Certificate of Qualification and the Red Seal; the benefits and drawbacks of skilled trades careers; mentoring; and recommendations to improve skills training and apprenticeship. First-hand journeyperson perspectives are also shared.
CAF-FCA conducted the national online survey with 754 certified journeypersons (Certificate of Qualification holders) to learn more about their career pathways in the trades. The survey results are accompanied by journeyperson reflections.
Electricians, millwrights, carpenters, automotive service technicians, plumbers, welders, HVAC technicians, machinists and cooks were the most common trades represented. The majority of journeypersons (74 per cent) had their Red Seal endorsement.
The main findings provide these insights about journeyperson career pathways:
Incomes: The respondents, many of whom were at an advanced stage in their careers, had salaries ranging from $80,000 to over $100,000. Typically, a newly certified tradesperson will earn $60,000 to $70,000 per year, depending on the trade.
Related Occupations: Respondents used their Certificate of Qualification as the foundation to pursue occupations such as forepersons (39 per cent), business owners (31 per cent), managers (23 per cent), union positions (26 per cent) and trainers or college instructors (24 per cent).
Certificate of Qualification: The majority of respondents (88 per cent) did not feel the Certificate of Qualification restricted their career advancement. For a small number of respondents (7 per cent), not having a college diploma or university degree prevented them from pursuing advanced positions within their company or qualifying for public service competitions.
Red Seal: Enhanced employability and mobility were the most common benefits attributed to Red Seal certification. Although most respondents had positive views about the Red Seal, some said it had not made a difference to their careers because it wasnotvaluedbyemployers. CAF-FCAresearch has shown that employers in different trades do not equally value certification, perhaps accounting for these varied experiences among Red Seal journeypersons.
The Benefits of Skilled Trades Careers:
According to journeypersons, the primary benefits of skilled trades careers are:
- good pay (53 per cent)
- interesting work (53 per cent)
- full-time employment (48 per cent)
- satisfaction in building and creating something (48 per cent)
- opportunities to do different kinds of work (46 per cent)
- not an office job (34 per cent) Ÿ a chance to travel (25 per cent).
Mentoring: The majority of journeypersons had mentored apprentices (87 per cent). Journeypersons noted that the biggest benefits of doing so included passing down knowledge to a younger generation, followed by modelling and promoting safe work practices, and receiving help with complex tasks.
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