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  • CY
    October 15, 2012 - 14:27

    I've completed training a college for 2 years, it has taken me over 2 years after I graduated to finally get the job. The reason for not being hiered in a lot of cases was because I had lack of emplyment experience, but then again, I just finished school how was I to get experience if noone would hier me? I have finally found a job and I have to drive for an hour to and from work each day for bare minimum in wage. When it comes down to it and I take out my gas money, it equals out to minimum wage in the end. And people wonder why young people won't go to school or take a job offer! It's not worth it!

  • CFA
    October 12, 2012 - 17:35

    2 bedroom apartment in down town edmonton, furnished, all utilities included $1100 per month.. can anyone tell me where you can rent the same in st>john's for anywhere near the same amount? if you not making BIG $$ in st. john's or the avalon ur gonna find yourself out in the cold as in no place to live..

  • Newfoundlander living in Alberta
    October 11, 2012 - 10:22

    The cost of living is as high as it is in other Canadian metros. If you are single or both parents are not in oil and gas, then how would you afford to living in NL. Salaries have to increase across the board or the cost of living has to be lowered. The only driving factor to get people home is the people.

  • Keith
    October 11, 2012 - 08:14

    JM - They need the Journeymen in order to hire the apprentices. Provincial, Federal, Safety and the Unions all set the ratios for a safe workforce of so many apprentices to Journeymen. With out the journeymen they are not allowed to hire the apprentices. This is what the problem is. We need the experienced workers to train the apprentices.

  • JM
    October 11, 2012 - 07:28

    It is unfortunate to hear the latest news reports quoting a “lack of skilled trades workers” in the province. It is especially disturbing to hear when employment postings for companies on the island these days are written specifically for Journeymen – no need for the Apprentice to apply. So many trades apprentices in this province lose faith in their ability to stay in their trades after experiencing the lack of employment available to them at home. Until NL employers take notice of the local apprentices applying for positions, and until our employers and journeymen take it upon themselves to recognize their responsibility to hire these apprentices, to give them the exposure to the workforce that is required, we will continue to have a “shortage of skilled workers”. It’s a sad state when the province of NL, our political representatives and big business stops supporting their own, forcing them to leave their homes in order to pursue a career in the trades that the love.

  • a business man
    October 11, 2012 - 06:52

    perhaps the companies should consider moving operations to an jurisdiction with a ready and able workforce. Toronto perhaps? or the USA? both seem like good options to me.