Businesses are being urged to share their thoughts on what can be done to address the local skilled trades shortage.  Area businesses are also being encouraged to nominate an exceptional skilled tradesperson for local Skilled Tradesperson of the Year awards.

A new Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie survey asks employers to identify their business’ in-demand skilled trades positions and seeks their ideas on how to increase the number of journeypersons and apprentices, and how to improve Ontario’s apprenticeship system.

The 5-minute In-Demand Skilled Trades Survey is part of a wider discussion with employers taking place here and other communities across Ontario about skilled trades. A series of drop-in Appreciation Events will be held throughout September in Brantford, Six Nations/New Credit, and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

“The purpose of the survey and our Appreciation Events is to hear from skilled trades employers, tradespeople, apprentices and mentors about their experiences and challenges,” said Danette Dalton, the Workforce Planning Board’s executive director. “We want to hear directly from the real-life experts.”

Any area business that employs tradespeople is invited to participate. There are more than 150 trades in four sectors: industrial, construction, motive power and service.

For more information on the survey and events, click here.