CANADA – FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES WORKER (FSTW)
What is FSTW?
The Express Entry system manages three federal immigration programs, one of which is the Federal Skilled Trades Worker (FSTW) program. Like every Express Entry program, the FSTW program also ranks interested applicants against one another by relying on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Each year, economic programs such as the Federal Skilled Trades program, welcome over half of all immigrants as skilled workers to Canada. It is a fast option for qualified tradespeople to obtain Canadian permanent residence with a perpetual right to live and work in Canada.
Why Should You Work a Trade Job in Canada?
Your service is really in need
It is a known fact that Canada places utmost importance on university education, and it was ranked the most educated country in the world in 2020. The country has an abundant supply of qualified educated professionals yet faces a shortage of qualified skilled trade workers. Fast-growing industries require skilled trade workers who would take up jobs such as manufacturing. Workers with hands-on trade skills are therefore in demand to fill this shortfall.
A healthy work-life balance is an essential part of the Canadian work environment. Job fulfilment follows when you work in a society that offers you appropriate benefits including proper paternity leave, required leave days, and even unemployment insurance. Moreover, trade jobs facilitate social interaction while working which offers a valuable social network. In addition, when your employers reward your work, you get a chance to easily step up on your career ladder.
Top 10 Trade Jobs In-Demand in Canada:
- Truck driver
- Cooks, bakers, & chefs
- Administrative assistant
- Graphic designer
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FSTW - Trade Job Requirements
Skilled trades are classified by Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code into the following occupation groups:
|Major Group 72||Industrial, electrical and construction trades|
|Major Group 73||Maintenance and equipment operation trades|
|Major Group 82||Supervisors and technical jobs in production such as natural resources, agriculture and related|
|Major Group 92||Processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators|
|Minor Group 632||Chefs and cooks|
|Minor Group 633||Butchers and bakers|
You must have a valid employment offer of a full-time position that shall last at least 12-months or you should have a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
Reach Level 4 (minimum) of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) on an English or French language test that is approved.
FSTW - Application Process
Where can you live in Canada?
Under this program, you must live outside the province of Quebec because it selects its own skilled workers under a separate skilled immigration program called the Quebec Skilled Trades Program. You should, therefore, apply to the relevant authorities in Quebec for the same if you choose to live in Quebec.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program is ideal for immigrants who wish to live and work in British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (ON), New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Newfoundland (NL), or any of the other Canadian territories.
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