Industrial equipment purchases are helping spur growth in the Canadian economy, which means that skilled trades are going to be in high demand in the future.
If you are looking for a new employment opportunity, you may want to consider a career as a millwright. Responsible for installing and maintaining industrial machines, these jobs are in high demand as the economy continues to recover in Canada. The industry is offering a number of opportunities for these workers but breaking into the millwright field takes more than just a resume – it requires strong training and a breadth of knowledge regarding industrial machinery, tools and problem solving.
There are a number of training programs available across the country if you want to start a career as a millwright. The government has acknowledged that there is a major talent shortage for skilled workers and as a result, the Canadian government is working to support people who are looking to get into the trade. There are a bevy of grants, programs and tax credits that can help alleviate the financial burden of starting a career in the skilled trades.
A talent shortage
While you may have to make an initial investment for the education necessary for a career with a skilled trade, it is sure to pay off in the long run. Randstad Canada reported that the country has a strong lack of workers in this field, and they are among the biggest employment issues facing Canadian companies.
Randstad Canada Labour Trends Study brought these issues to light by polling 2,076 Canadian employees and managers on their expectations for 2014. The report found that 16.3 percent were concerned about a lack of skilled trades workers while 9.9 percent were concerned about skilled workers on the whole.
"What we are seeing here is reflective of what we've seen in the field throughout the past year – organizations in the industrial and technical sectors are struggling to find highly skilled candidates," said Tom Turpin, the president of Randstad Canada. "This is especially true in the West, where oil & gas projects are booming, and in Quebec where we see growth in the IT and aerospace fields."
Around 45 percent of those surveyed found that skilled trades were among the top three industries for 2014. However, there is a widening skills gap in Canada, so for you to take advantage of the career opportunities the industry has to offer, the necessary training is vital to capitalizing on this opportunity.
Good news for millwrights
There are a number of skilled positions in Canada and one of the most lucrative could be a millwright. This is because manufacturing is picking up in the country, which means more industrial machinery needs to be installed.
MRO Magazine reported the Canadian economy is expected to grow by 2.3 percent over the course of the year. This growth is due in part to the the fact that businesses are investing more in machinery and equipment. The news source noted that investment of this nature is projected to grow by 3.1 percent of the course of the year.
So what does this mean for millwrights? First and foremost, it means that there are going to be a lot of installation jobs on the horizon. On top of this, it means that the industry as a whole is looking to expand operations, which will open up the potential for even more employment opportunities.
If you wish to capitalize on this opportunity, your best bet is to make sure you're well prepared for the job. Make sure to check out the educational financing opportunities in your area along with the available programs. Further, make sure to invest in high-quality tools that can help you put your skills to practice. By taking these steps, you can make sure that you are poised to take advantage of this employment market.