Apprenticeships get a bad rap. All too often, we perpetuate negative images of the
trades: dirty, low pay, and boring. These stereotypes couldn’t be further from the
reality of work—young people who pursue an apprentice-able trade should expect
intellectually stimulating work, increasingly diverse workplaces, and significant
opportunity for financial reward.
The knowledge and skills of our construction, manufacturing, automotive, and food
service tradespeople can help support Canada’s transition to a more prosperous and
sustainable future, but they will need resilience and teamwork to adapt to
workplaces that are more efficient, automated, and digitally connected.
What emerging skills will tradespeople require to adapt to future work
trends? How are emerging technologies changing what and how apprentices learn? Will
traditional physical labour become a thing of the past, replaced by a need for
digital, green, and social and emotional skills? In our third episode of Season 1 of
the Future Skills Centre podcast, we discuss these questions with Jeff Ranson
(Canada Green Building Council—GTA), and Jim Szautner (Southern
Alberta Institute of Technology).