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BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan’s recent skills-training agreement must be emulated coast to coast.
Don’t dismiss opportunities in the trades, especially if you have the interest, personality and work ethic for hands-on occupations.
But if there was a simple, straightforward policy solution, it would have been implemented by now.
A generation of expert tradespeople is moving toward retirement age.
There is a solid business case for hiring and training an apprentice.