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Why Construction? Better question is why not?
What? Did you think Canada was built from a glass towered, corner office?
The residential construction industry provides a wide variety of opportunities. It is more than bricks and mortar or a hammer and nails. It's physical, mathematical, scientific, boundary pushing, innovative, and necessary. People need homes.
There are jobs in the industry that one could take on right out of high school – but the available opportunities increase with education – options include Apprenticeship, College or University Educations. Many skilled tradespeople take their careers to the top, opening their own businesses.
According to the Construction Sector Council, 1 in 17 Canadians are employed through the construction industry. In Ontario alone it is estimated that between 2011 and 2019 there will be 73,000 jobs to replace due to retirement and 84,000 new jobs created through construction.
Talk about a World of Opportunity.
Think a Career in Trades limits opportunity? Think again!
Skilled construction tradesmen can often earn higher starting salaries than the average college or university graduate. Average wages are about $25.00 per hour in Ontario for many skilled trades. With multiple paths of advancement to take, the opportunities are virtually limitless!
The construction and sale of one new home can involve over 35 different careers. In addition there are supplier representatives, municipal employees, and utility representatives who are necessary to the complete a new home.
You can build a career through an apprenticeship, college, or university – choose the path that is right for you and open the door to a world of possibilities – right here at home, or around the globe.
Detail Oriented? Problem Solver?
These are two of many key skills required for any career in residential construction. It's all about finding the right fit for you.
Check out profiles of our members to learn about how they found a career in construction.
Set your sights and BUILD your Future!
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Minimum requirements for any job is a high school education and there are some paths that you can start on right out of that gate with a job that simply require on the job training. Others still need a more intensive on the job learning experience called an apprenticeship. The opportunities increase with a college education or trade school studies. Some career paths, such as Engineering, require a University Education.
| Fanshawe College |
| London District Catholic School Board |
| Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) |
| Thames Valley District School Board |