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    :: Thursday, June 16, 2005 ::

    SKILLED WORKER SHORTAGE A 'CRISIS' - by Hannelore Volpe, Sun Tribune, Canada
    Last year, The Life Long Learning Centre in Vaughan had 430 apprentices and skilled workers go through training programs at its 42,000- square-foot facility, operated by Universal Workers Union 183, which represents residential construction industries.

    'About 15,000 skilled workers are required immediately just to stabilize the industry,' said Lito Romano, the centre's program director.

    Ontario's construction industry will lose about 5,000 to 7,000 out of the 35,000 members of Local l83 to retirement. The average age of the membership is 53 and many of them will be retiring in the next three to five years. There is a huge demand in the industry for trades such as carpenters, door framers and brick and stone masons.
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