“The purpose of today is that we are trying to ensure that people have a real understanding of how to get into a trade if they’re interested,” says Krista Harding, executive director of South Shore Opportunities Inc.
There are multiple options in terms of how people can get into trades, and the session was in part to help people understand these opportunities. Harding says there is a big number of people who seem interested in pursuing trades.
The full-day event began with a session about apprenticeships and uncovering the secrets. Other sessions that took place through the day were on what trades will be in demand, trades teacher talking about their trades, and trades and employers.
Kevin Murphy, acting supervisor of client services for the Department of Labour and Advanced Education Apprenticeship Training, was there to help inform people of their options.
“And making it clear that number one they have to be working in a trade to become an apprentice in Nova Scotia,” says Murphy.
There are two paths to begin an apprenticeship, says Murphy. One is direct entry, in which the person has to find a certified employer to train them. The other option is for people to go to community college.
Murphy says interest in trades is growing.
“The focus on trades is quite big in the last few years,” he says.
Arlene Driscoll is office manager for the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council, a human resources organization.
“We promote the ICI construction trades, so that’s institutional, commercial and industrial,” she says.
The council works closely with unions, and the unions help to support it.
Most of the people Driscoll spoke with at the event were adults looking for career changes. Though the council can’t find jobs for people, it can tell job hunters where to look.