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Act now to make the most of the coming trades retirement boom

Posted by Jackie Burns, Hays Canada VP, on Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

CATM retirement boomThe aging workforce is affecting a wide range of industries and sectors, but the skilled trades are facing an especially serious retirement boom - likely to start in just five years.

This means ample opportunities for trades and maintenance professionals at all levels as employers look to promote from within.

What do you need to do today, to fast track your career tomorrow?

The Canadian skilled trades shortage is still affecting employers across the country, despite a downturn in mining, oil and gas. We are seeing high demand for skilled trades at all levels, from fourth year apprentices through to the most senior professionals.

Many of those senior tradespeople are going to start retiring in about five years, and employers will need to hire or promote into those roles – causing a waterfall effect of increasing opportunities and career progression at every level.

Five years might seem like a long time, but employers are already preparing, and you should be too.

Plan ahead
Where do you want to be in five years? No matter what level of your career you’re in, now is the time to be looking for a job that you will stay in for the next five years.

Prioritize learning
There is a lot of knowledge in those senior levels that is not always being passed on. Even if you have been a millwright for 10 years, you can learn from someone with 20 years’ experience. Ask questions, observe, take notes – if you miss out on learning from them now, you won’t get another chance.

Ready to kick start your career? Find an opportunity that's the right fit for you, or contact our trades and maintenance team.  

Talk to Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on the Canadian labour market.

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