A new study from Stats Canada released last week says young men in Saskatchewan are much more eager to get an apprenticeship certificate over a bachelors degree.

The study released last week found that 11.9 per cent of young men in Saskatchewan has their trade certificate, the second highest in the country.

Jeff Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of the Sask Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commision, says he thinks the potential to earn more money has something to do with it.

"Men with a journyperson certificate in 2015 made significantly more than other post-secondary graduates. The average income was $86,000, counterparts with bachelors degrees were making about $1,200 a year less".

Ritter tells us why he believes theres such an increase in the trades numbers;

"You have an economy that is needing things built, or repaired, or constructed, or adjusted. Often times, or in fact all the times; skilled trades people are involved in that type of work. Theres been significant growth in demand for skilled trades people, and apprenticeship numbers have increased corrispondingly".

The study goes on to say that more women in the province are getting their bachelors degree, going from 24.6% of women in 2007, to 35% in 2017, But that women with apprenticeships had lower earnings than those with degrees. Saying that women are apprenticing more in lower-paying trades.

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