It's not true: If you don't go to university then you'll end up broke

Aug 19 2016, 4:48 pm

Many of us grew up with teachers or parents pushing us to go to university, not knowing about other opportunities.

While the traditional university route works for many people, there are others who crave a different kind of challenge. If you’re one of these people then chances are you’ve been told your earning potential is low. But with so many opportunities in the skilled trades rising, now is the perfect time to finally debunk that myth.

Right now the skilled trades industry offers some of the fastest growing career opportunities in BC. Not only this, but these rewarding careers can give you a great financial outlook despite the fact that you didn’t spend four years in university staring at text books. Instead, with trades training, you spend 80% of your apprenticeship doing on-the-job training where you earn while you learn.

Daily Hive teamed up with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to find out more about these in demand skilled trade jobs.




Salary: $58K per year, $16 to $38 per hour. 40 hours per week (weekdays and weekends)

Get some sparks flying by training to become a welder. As a welder, you’ll meld, attach, and fuse metal together to create specialty metal parts. You’ll learn how to use computerized and manual equipment and can specialize in a specific sector. Work for machine manufacturing companies, a shipbuilding company, pulp and paper mills, and much more. Check out these ITA program details if you’re interested in learning more.

Crane operator

Salary: $65K per year, $22 to $50 per hour. 40 hours per week (weekdays and overtime)

You see them all the time but have you ever thought of being in one? A crane operator sets the crane up, plans the lift, and takes it down when the job is done. You can work for construction, industrial, mining, cargo handling, and even railway companies and contractors. Another plus is that even though you’re working outdoors, you’ll be inside a covered control cab – perfect for those rainy days. Find out more about this trade here.

Construction electrician

Salary: $58K per year$14 to $39 per hour. 40 hours per week (mostly weekdays)

A construction electrician usually works for an electrical contractor on a construction site. You’ll get to test highly sensitive electrical and electronic systems, bending and stretching to install electrical gear in hard-to-reach places, and zeroing in on tiny parts. Construction electricians usually work for contractors, construction firms, maintenance departments, industrial facilities, hospitals, school boards, and more. If this sounds cool to you then check out these ITA program details online.

Check out these cool trades along with many others online via ITA. Get in touch about ITA youth programs by emailing [email protected] and call 1-866-660-6011 for more information.

You can find ITA on the 8th floor of 8100 Granville Avenue in Richmond. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Stay in the know about skilled trade jobs via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.