New Brunswickers invited to explore careers in skilled trades through interactive exhibits

October 23, 2023      Fredericton, New Brunswick     Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada needs more skilled trades workers. Demographic shifts and high retirement rates are fuelling demand and an ever-growing need to recruit and train thousands more Canadians for rewarding careers in the skilled trades.

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, highlighted an interactive exhibit visiting high schools and colleges across New Brunswick and giving 2,500 students the opportunity to explore careers in the skilled trades. Developed by the Government of Canada, this exhibit is part of a national campaign and it has already visited Ottawa and Montréal. It will continue on to Toronto and Vancouver later this fall.

This new, interactive and dynamic exhibit provides an experience where individuals learn about different skilled trades careers, find in-demand trades where they live and discover the steps it takes to become a skilled trades worker. The exhibit focuses on creating an in-person and immersive experience and directs participants to Canada.ca/skilled-trades—a repository of information about what the skilled trades are, how to get started, and which trades are the most in demand.

Additionally, on October 23 and 24, in collaboration with Skills Canada, Leo Hayes High School will be home to the Try-A-Trade event and the Fire Burn event. At the Fire Burn, local fire safety organizations will teach students from across the area about fire safety and the various trades involved in fire extinguishing through hands-on experience. The exhibit will then travel to the Saint John campus of New Brunswick Community College on October 26 and 27.

In New Brunswick, the construction industry experienced the largest employment growth at 5,800 new jobs in 2022. In the Fredericton–Oromocto region specifically, a number of Red Seal trades have attractive employment outlooks over the 2022–24 period. They include:

  • automotive service technician, truck and bus mechanic
  • baker
  • carpenter
  • construction millwright and industrial mechanic
  • construction trades helper and labourer
  • heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic
  • cook
  • floorcovering installer
  • hairstylist

The exhibit aligns with the efforts of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy, which aims to support a trades workforce that is skilled, inclusive, certified and productive. As part of the Strategy, the Government invests nearly $1 billion annually in grants, loans, tax credits, Employment Insurance benefits during in-school training, projects and support for the Red Seal Program. 

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