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Skills shortage extends to the home

Published by Steve Coleman on May 01, 2012

Industries looking for skilled workers may have a more difficult time find them than they originally thought.

A new survey by Skills/Compétences Canada, a national not-for-profit group that promotes skilled trades and technologies careers, says a large percentage of Canadians can't make a go of it if the job is more difficult than changing a light bulb.

"There's a serious underlying message here that many Canadians are lacking basic, practical knowledge when it comes to completing everyday skills, admitting they require help," said Shaun Thorson, CEO, Skills/Compétences Canada in a news release. "Industries that depend on skilled trade workers are key drivers of the Canadian economy contributing over 50% of Canada's GDP. But the growing shortage of skilled trade workers is not only a concern for industry - it is only a matter of time before every Canadian will feel the impact in their everyday lives."

The association says 46 per cent of Canadians say they don't know how to install a bathroom or kitchen fauces, 45 per cent can't replace a broken zipper (63 per cent among men) and 31 per cent can't install a light fixture.

Twenty-eight per cent say they can't change a flat tire. The number increased to 48 per cent among women respondents.

Fouteen per cent said they didn't know how to turn off the water main in their home.

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