skilled trades

HELP WANTED: Why lucrative skilled trades are a tough sell to young people

Source: Courtney Axford always loved working with her hands – even taking shop classes in high school – but thought trades careers were “just for boys.”   Then COVID-19 hit, forcing the Londoner, 28, from her job tending bar. “The entire industry was kind of shut down,” she said. “I started looking for different opportunities.” Axford found Tomorrow’s Trades, a 12-week Ontario program exposing young people to careers in skilled construction trades and helping funnel them into apprenticeships. It even pays a bit.

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