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    Deborah Etim
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    In Canada, the demand for skilled trade workers is at an all-time high. It is general knowledge that a generation of young people chose not to work hands-on and instead went to universities to obtain the same degrees as thousands of others, making it far more difficult to advance in a crowded professional field. As a result, all of Canada’s skilled craft employees are retiring, leaving a massive vacancy in the workforce. Young people are gradually realizing that a well-paying future awaits them in the trades, but it will be a long time before the demand for trained craft employees in Canada is fully met.
    The average income for a qualified artisan carpenter is $65,026 per year, which is 27% higher on average.

    You will have a variety of immigration choices available to you, the most important of which is the Skilled Trades Program, an Express Entry immigration stream that may see you become a permanent resident in about 6 months.
    The skill trades program is for qualified trades workers and craftsmen in one of the major groups: Carpenters belong to Major Group 72, which includes the industrial, electrical, and construction industries.

    Skilled Trade Programs Requirements

    Prior to applying, you must have at least two years of professional work experience in a skilled trade within the last five years.

    • Language proficiency – Because certain aspects of your employment rely on your ability to communicate successfully with clients, you must pass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test and get a minimum CLB score of 4 in all four sections: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

    • Qualifications – While there are no educational requirements, having your qualification/certification credentials examined will help you score higher and stand a better chance.

    • Eligibility – You must be eligible to move to Canada, which means you must not have a criminal history, be in good health, and have legal status in the country where you currently reside.

    Carpenter Apprenticeship in Canada

    You are strongly encouraged to consider pursuing your apprenticeship in Canada if you are not currently a certified carpenter. Carpenter apprenticeships, like any other university degree, normally take four years to complete. The distinguishing factor and advantage are that you will get paid while doing your practical work during your apprenticeship! You will start at around half of what a trained carpenter earns and work your way up to the level of a certified carpenter, commonly known as a ‘journeyman’, each month.

    For the four years, you will put in about 1,540 hours of practical work with eight-week periods of technical training per year before taking your final exam to get certified. All of this will cost roughly $2,000 per year, which includes textbooks, classes, personal protection equipment, and trade union registration. For international students, university tuition costs might cost up to $20,000 per year. The permanent residency will be very easy to get since most provinces not only have a pressing need for qualified carpenters but also wish to keep their professional workers.

    For further inquiries, you can visit the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) to help navigate the immigration process.

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