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Trades workers of the future have a cool new tool

VANCOUVER Current trades students or those looking to enter what is emerging as a sector of huge growth and job openings, especially in the Northwest, have a new online tool to help answer any number of questions about a career in trades. The Trade School Initiative and TradesLinks.ca is a joint provincial-federal initiative that aims to help future trades people with the complementary skills they will need to look for a job or start a business, whether they are about to start a trades training program or are finishing up their apprenticeship requirements. Its not enough just to be skilled at a particular trade, said BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, who announced the Trades School Initiative with federal counterpart the Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue. Successful entrepreneurs today also need to be financially literate and business savvy. TradeLinks.ca is an important business and financial tool to help individuals in the trades industry start their own businesses and succeed in their trades. At TradeLinks, current or future trades students and workers can find links to information and websites that will help them join the ranks of professional tradespeople across Canada. Specifically, there is information on: finding a job, financial resources, tax information, employee rights, employer responsibilities and health and safety tips, trade schools and community colleges, student aid, career counselling, bookkeeping and much more. This website has everything you need if you are interested in trades or you've already started at Northwest Community College or another trades training institution, said Brian Badge, NWCC Chair of Trades. The information is relevant and important, but most of all, its all in one place. Our government believes in equipping the entrepreneurs of tomorrow with the tools they need to succeed. This initiative will help them be fiscally responsible, adopting good business practices as they embark on their career in the trades, said Minister Shea. It is important to educate students on their tax entitlements and responsibilities, as well as the pitfalls of participating in the underground economy. The project is being launched initially in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick. Other provinces and territories may participate in this initiative in the future. Northwest Community College offers a range of Trades training options for Northwest students. Big projects are coming to the Northwest. Get in-demand skills for your bright future in trades. Contact your local campus by dialling the toll-free number 1.877.277.2288.

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