SkillsTrader Briefing: November 23, 2020

Awareness and recognition

Education and training

  • A new program offered in both English and French at Ontario's Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre will provide experience and training in the truck and coach technician, heavy equipment technician, and agricultural equipment technician fields through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
  • According to the American Association of Community Colleges, one in 12 students at community colleges - or more than 940,000 - previously earned a bachelor's degree. In many cases, they're returning to school to learn skilled trades , says The Hechinger Report.
  • Through 2021, the National Housing Endowment and the Skilled Labor Fund are providing $578,000 to 90 home builder associations to sponsor or support workforce development initiatives such as skilled trades training.


  • Construction is a $1.3 trillion industry in the United States with a workforce that is aging faster than the younger population that joins it , "resulting in a shortage of labor particularly for skilled trades that may require years of training and certifications," reports TechCrunch in a story about tech startups aiming to shake up the industry.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the talent shortage facing West Michigan's construction industry, with about 5% of the workforce sidelined due to the virus. Firms are now ramping up recruitment and training efforts with a number of organizations working together to "expose students to the possibility of a career in the skilled trades and construction."
  • The Auto Care Association is hosting a State of the Aftermarket Town Hall on Dec. 3.
  • The Future Skills Centre is hosting a webinar on Dec. 7 that will look at "alternative models of documenting and assessing apprenticeship competencies."


  • Immersive learning startup TRANSFR VR has secured $12 million in Series A funding to scale training programs that prepare job-seekers for roles in automotive manufacturing, construction, and other skilled trades.
  • QuickHire is a hiring platform focused on the skilled trades and service industries that launched in September 2020. The app is now approaching 2,000 users with 70% being millennials and Gen Z'ers, reports Forbes.
  • HeroWork , which helps charities renovate by bringing together skilled tradespeople, volunteers and companies, has done over $4 million of renovation and is already booked well into 2021.

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