BuildForce Canada Celebrates National Tradesmen Day Across the Generations

OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - In recognition of the changing face of Canada's construction industry, BuildForce Canada is acknowledging the contributions of tradespeople across the generations today, on National Tradesmen Day.

Over the next decade, Canada's construction workforce will change dramatically, with up to one-quarter of its skilled baby boomers retiring.

"Today is a great opportunity to show our appreciation for those who've made construction their life's work, and to welcome a new generation," said Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada.

John Tomes, a 68-year-old Superintendent of Manpower with McCain Electric Ltd. in Winnipeg, was 17 when he began his career as an electrician.

"My advice to the next generation is that if you work hard, you can make a great life and living in the skilled trades," said Tomes. "It's a good feeling to be able to pass along some of what I've learned and experienced."

Twenty-three year old Calli Doucette, a third-year electrical apprentice from a small town in Niagara Region is a relative newcomer to the skilled trades.

"I've always been hands on and didn't want to sit in an office," said Doucette. "This field was a natural fit. It gives me the satisfaction of playing a role in building something, plus the opportunity for growth, whether it's in safety or management."

This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.

"There's tremendous opportunity for a whole new generation of skilled young people," added Sparks. "Our goal is to make sure they're aware of all of the advantages of working in construction, so it becomes their first career choice."

BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that represents all sectors of Canada's construction industry. Its mandate is to provide accurate and timely labour market data and analysis, as well as programs and initiatives to help manage workforce requirements and build the capacity and the capability of Canada's construction and maintenance workforce. Visit: www.buildforce.ca

SOURCE: BuildForce Canada

For further information: Rosemary Sparks, Executive Director, BuildForce, Canada, sparks@buildforce.ca, (905)-852-9186

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