Plumbing program at Boreal anticipates labour shortage

April 17, 2018

College Boreal has launched a new plumbing technician program in response to an aging workforce, the Sudbury Star reports. “Before launching a new program, we make sure to conduct a comprehensive analysis of market trends and employability rates,” said Tina Montgomery, dean of the School of Trades and Applied Technology at College Boreal. “The average age of a tradesperson in Canada is 40-50. By 2020, the country is predicted to have a shortage of one million tradespersons.” The Star adds that the program will offer training in French, a first for plumbing programs in Ontario. In celebration of the program’s inaugural year, Boreal will provide students who enrol for the Fall semester with a $1K scholarship. Sudbury Star