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Does the skills shortage mean more opportunities for trades people?

Posted by Jackie Burns, Hays VP, on Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

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Canadian millwrights, mechanics, heavy-duty electricians, and other tradespeople will may have lots of opportunities available, but where are the best opportunities and what do you need to consider when weighing career options?

Despite the downturn in oil & gas and mining, Canada still faces a serious shortage of skilled trades people – which could even be exacerbated by the downturn as international workers leave the country.

Continuing demand, especially from construction and forestry, is creating many opportunities for trades and maintenance professionals. What steps should you take now to make the most of these options?

Provable experience and results
Companies are looking for employees who can go beyond task-based repairs and maintenance. How can you save time or money, or increase productivity? Demonstrate your potential value to a company by emphasizing how you will offer tangible day-to-day results.

Be flexible on location
Moving to a new area can fast-track your career. If you’re looking for more responsibility and seniority, faster career progression, and immersion in the industry then be open-minded about locations. Some remote roles offer better compensation and career opportunities.

Make the most of training opportunities
There is a lot of knowledge and experience in the senior levels of Canada’s natural resources industry. Junior workers will benefits from committing to a company and location for long enough to learn from them.

Looking for your next career move? See the  jobs below, or search current opportunities.
 

Job title
Location Job Ref.
Red Seal Millwright Saskatchewan 1042522
 Journeyman Electrician British Columbia 1041977
 Certified Industrial Electrician Alberta  1041204
 Mill Maintenance Foreman Manitoba 1043815
 Maintenance Supervisor  British Columbia  1043521



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