Students see trades as ‘dumb path’
I believe the skills gap will not be solved any time soon. The skilled trades are not very appealing to young people about to go to postsecondary school. I can speak for students when I say that the skilled trades are not shown to be that appealing.
Teachers are trying to get students to go into the skilled trades. However, a university education is still the most sought-after for most students at Holy Names high school.
Students don’t realize that they may go into university and come out with no job. Meanwhile, you have people in the skilled trades who had jobs lined up for them when they left school. Also, the university path will most likely leave you with plenty of debt.
If you ask people what their goal was after high school, most would say it is to go to university. The skilled trades are seen as a last resort by most students. In most high schools the opportunity to have a well-paying job in the skilled trades in the current market is barely touched on.
Most students just do not know that they could be making a lot of money right out of school. Electricians in Canada are currently making $58,000 a year on average. That’s a great deal of money. Even so, most students still look at the skilled trades as the “dumb path,” which is simply not true.
If this trend continues, the skills gap will grow and that will really hurt Windsor’s economy.
The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board recently announced a new construction academy at St. Joseph’s high school to teach trade skills. Thomas Kennedy, left, Josh Gaudreau and Jacob Gagnier receive instruction from teacher Cory McAiney.