Tips for Finding a Career in the Canadian Construction Industry
Construction in Canada is booming. If you love working with your hands, or in a career that is based on around building/fixing physical structures, then there is no reason to wait and ponder your next steps. Get started now!
With unemployment at an all time low and media outlets proclaiming the severe shortage of skilled trades people in the construction industry, it can be frustrating and overwhelming for some people who still can’t find a position, or don’t know where to start. We’re here to help!
If you have the skills and experience (a journeyman or equivalent) in a specific field, but still can’t find a position in your area, it might mean that you may have to start looking elsewhere in your province for a well paying job (use our search function on workintrades.ca to help find jobs in your area). There are positions out there for you! You might just have to start expanding your geographical search.
If you’re starting from scratch, the all important first step is to get a sense for what kind of trade or skill you would most enjoy doing on a daily basis. Or conversely, you can look at the salary averages for common construction jobs, or current job openings in the area you want to live (although these things fluctuate). One way to get a sense of the day to day of a specific construction career is to read more of our featured career’s of the week, or to reach out to someone in the career you’re considering and ask about the pros and cons of their job.
Usually people who are passionate about their work are keen to share their experience, and people in the career that you’re interested in can save you a lot of time, energy and money by giving you advice.
After you’ve narrowed down your search into the specific field or trade that you’re interested in, we recommend researching about Government programs that are there to help you through your education and apprenticeships. The Canadian Government is very keen on helping people find jobs in the construction and skilled trades fields, so be sure to take advantage of these if they apply to you. Find out more here.
The next step is either to begin basic safety training and certificates such as WHMIS, diver training (if applicable) and other basic workplace safety training. More information on construction safety standards can be found here, and here.
Once basic safety training is completed, someone interested in looking for a position in the construction industry can either begin in classroom training and the formal apprenticeship process if something specific interested you, or if you’re still not sure about which skill you want to pursue then we would recommend pursuing a labourer position or something equivalent to begin the workplace experience.
Nothing will truly prepare you for what it’s like on a work site other than working on one daily. This will give you a first-hand look at the different trades and what kind of work they do. It will also help you get your foot in the door in the industry and gain experience that will help you if you decide to pursue another skilled trade. But above all, it will get you working and on your way to a successful career in construction!
As always, make sure to check in on jobs.constructhr.com for the latest careers in your area!