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Gas Technician Graduate Profile: Allan Tait

Posted by Brad Dixon

At The Skilled Trades Academies, we have many students come into our classrooms to learn the tricks of the trade and become licensed gas technicians. We are proud of each and every one of them and love when we get the opportunity to catch up with a graduate and learn what they're up to now.

We caught up with graduate Allan Tait. He's now working at Hamco Heating and Cooling and, within months of starting, was promoted to the position of Service Technician.

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Topics: Graduate Profile

Starting your Certification Online - How does it Work?

Posted by Brad Dixon

 

For the last few weeks the Skilled Trades Academy has been hosting our Gas Technician classes online and we're pleased to report that it has been a great success. Both students and instructors have embraced online learning but many of you are wondering how it all works so here's some information on what to expect. 

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Topics: Skilled Trades

Benefits of being a certified Gas Technician

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Job satisfaction, security, in-demand skills and year-round work - just some of the benefits of being a certified Gas Technician. They say that the average person spends nearly one-third of their life at work so a fulfilling career choice is incredibly important. 

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Topics: Skilled Trades Shortage

COVID- 19 ACTION PLAN: CLASSES RESUMING ONLINE

Posted by Brad Dixon

We hope you have kept safe and healthy over the past few weeks. Since temporarily closing our classrooms for the health and safety of our students, staff, and community at large, the team here at the Skilled Trades Academies have been working together tirelessly to come up with a solution to get your classes back up and running. It is our goal to keep all of our classes on schedule the best we can, but understand that due to circumstance beyond our control, all practicals, shop time and TSSA exams will be scheduled to recommence as soon as we are allowed.

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COVID-19 ACTION PLAN: ALL CLASSES TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Posted by Brad Dixon

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, The Skilled Trades Academy is working to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. While we have been enacting a series of measure to safeguard student, faculty, and staff wellbeing, we have come to the conclusion that it is essential to temporarily suspend all in-person classes for the time being to protect our community.

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Skilled Trades Academy Celebrates International Women's Day 2020

Posted by Brad Dixon

On March 8, the Niagara Skilled Trades Academy joins the world in celebrating International Women’s Day. If you know us, you know that this day is very important to us as we recognize the value of female trades workers and encourage young women to pursue opportunities in the gas technician industry. Since World War 2, when women were a critical part of the skilled trades industries, the number of women entering our field has dwindled, but in recent years we are happy to report that the number of female workers in the trades has once again started to rise as more women are embracing the trades as an exciting and rewarding career opportunity!  

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Topics: Women in the trades

Did you know there is no such thing as an HVAC license?

Posted by Brad Dixon

The skilled trades industry is an important part of our society and economy — tradespeople touch almost every aspect of our daily lives. They build our homes and our cars. They work in manufacturing, mining, oil and gas. Canada depends on the skilled trades, they keep our country going.

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Topics: Ontario Gas Technician, Gas Technician, HVAC Careers

Funding Opportunities for Women in Gas Technician Training

Posted by Brad Dixon

Whether you are just leaving secondary school to pursue the trades or are making a career switch, skilled trades training can be expensive. However, it isn’t impossible. There are skilled trades funding options available specific to trades women to help encourage a more diverse workforce in the skilled trades.

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Topics: Women in the trades, Funding

Breaking Down Barriers For Women in the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brad Dixon

Women are more commonly being recruited into Ontario skilled trades training as the trades workforce continues to become more diverse. By 2020, it is expected that the need for skilled trades labourers will rise to almost 1.8 million workers Canada-wide.

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Topics: Women in the trades

Why is Gas Technician Training a Great Option for Women?

Posted by Brad Dixon

We’ve talked before about why it is important for women to join the trades, but it isn’t just important for the industry, but valuable for the women themselves to join the trades. Many young women overlook the trades because they feel it isn’t a viable option for them, and don’t realize that choosing gas technician training can lead to all of the things they want out of a career. We’ve listed some of the reasons why gas technician training is an attractive option for young women when deciding their career.

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Topics: Women in the trades