Students, counsellors need more information about skilled trades to bridge “apathy gap”: Opinion

November 6, 2020
Students do not know enough about the skilled trades to understand if they would like to pursue them, writes Tim Carson of BCcampus, and counsellors additionally often lament that they do not have enough information about the skilled trades. The author says that many counsellors are surprised to hear that programs for the skilled trades are similar in length to university or college pathways, and that graduates are paid well for the work they do even though the work is difficult. To combat the “apathy gap,” Carson says that more advocacy needs to be done for the skilled trades. “Trades should not be considered a consolation prize for those “deemed” unable to enter the university or college pathways,” said Carson. BCcampus (National)