Stu­dents see trades as ‘dumb path’

Windsor Star - - OPINION - Al­ize Do­rian McCowin, Wind­sor

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.


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