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MYTH vs. REALITY

Myth:“Jobs in Skilled Trades are not good jobs.”

Reality:The skilled trades offer high pay, good benefits, flexibility, variety, rewarding work and unlimited opportunity.

Fact: There are many benefits to working in the skilled trades and technologies and indisputable evidence that these are indeed, “good jobs.” Careers in over 150 such fields offer many perks and advantages.

Myth: “Jobs in Skilled Trades are not creative. “

Reality: The skilled trades and technologies require workers with good eye and a steady hand and the ability to put things together according to specifications or by one’s own design.

Fact: It is impossible to function within the trades – to “Build, Design, Fix or Create” – without pride of craftsmanship, expert knowledge and creative talent.

Myth: “Jobs in Skilled Trades are not important.

Reality: The very foundation, infrastructure and operation of our communities are dependent upon the skilled trades; the work that these skilled workers perform is undeniably important.

Fact: Without the women and men who work in the skilled trades and technologies, the homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, roads and technologies that support our society itself would literally disintegrate.

Myth: “Skilled Trades is no place for a woman.”

Reality: In the 21st century, there is no place for sexism, particularly on the job site. Industry realizes the need to look at a more diverse pool of employees. Women’s recruitment and retention will “strengthen Canada’s economic position in a global economy by capitalizing on the industry’s full human resource potential.”

Fact: Ninety-seven percent of the skilled trade jobs are full time. Women represent nearly 50% of the workforce and they need to focus on job demands that will support themselves and their families.

Myth: “Skilled Trades are just for students who don’t excel in academics.”

Reality: In order to work in the skilled trades and technologies, one needs to have a solid grounding in many “school-based” skills such as math, analytical abilities and literacy. The skilled tradesperson also needs to be imaginative, resourceful and dexterous, and have the ability to figure out specifications and requirement in real-world applications.

Fact: Intelligence and aptitude are essential components of working in these careers, which are as respectable and important as those requiring a purely academic background.

Myth: “Women don’t work in the skilled trades therefore there are no mentors available for young women.”

Reality: Though they generally aren’t as plentiful as their male counterparts, many women work in the skilled trades.

Fact: Many women working in the skilled trades enjoy sharing their stories and inspiring young up-and-comers to consider these careers. Search them out!