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Skilled trades shortage? What skilled trades shortage?

Alex went to school to get qualified as an electrical contractor but work has been hard to find...

Is there a disconnect somewhere? Few years ago I decided to change careers from driving a truck to something new. Because throughout my life I always built things (sheds, utility trailers) – and also enjoyed repairing things – I thought the trades would be more suitable than an academic endeavour. So I set to enquire about a possible new career in the trades. No contractor would give me the time of the day. Well, I thought that I may not have much to offer and the folks are busy. So I decided to go to school, learn something, show my desire and have at least something to show dedication. I obtained an advanced trade diploma but, two years later, I am starting to doubt the wisdom of getting such an education. While my field of studies was electrical I was (and still am) willing to take something else on, as long as I learn and progress. I am not afraid of putting in the hours, sweat, work in the cold or rain but somehow I get the sense that having never used a worm drive saw demonstrates my inability to do carpentry.

Alex Goorshkee


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