It’s a Trades’ Life

It’s a Trades’ Life

Your shower drips at night and keeps you awake.   You run out of hot water during your morning shower. Your sink won’t drain. While having breakfast you notice a brown stain on your white popcorn ceiling—it matches your coffee. Whatever it is, there’s always something a plumber can do for you. I love being that plumber. I thoroughly enjoy fixing your shit. And my electrician and carpenter friends do too.

It’s a trades’ life. (Drum! Splash!)

Our skillset and trade knowledge are indispensable. You have a problem; we have a solution— solutions that come with a price tag. You pay for our expertise, our knowledge and our service to improve your quality of life the same way you would with a doctor. In return, we make a good living and find real satisfaction in our ability to provide tangible value to you and the community. You won’t be on tools for life, but a working apprenticeship taught you tools for life that extend way beyond the crescent wrench.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you bring back? My souvenirs from backpacking abroad have always reminded me of awesome adventures and impactful experiences, but empty pockets—until I found a trade.  I’ve taken my time with my training to ensure I have exposure to every aspect of plumbing and gasfitting and have already employed my trade across the provinces and into the United States.  It’s the same shit, just different toilets.  (Drum! Splash!)  But as I’m nearing the completion of my training, I look forward to the day I’m a ticketed journeyman;  then I’m really going to journey… man.

No matter what continent, country, city or hamlet being explored, there will always be a need for a skilled tradesperson. You can travel, employ your trade and settle anywhere around the globe; that’s my intention. I work to travel. Apprenticeship training has given me the skills and know-how to do so.

With a journeyman ticket, I can now backpack the ends of the earth without the worry of running out of money. I can shower my nieces with actual souvenirs. A skilled trade is an invaluable asset everyone benefits from no matter where you go.  We need to be reminded of this fun fact.

Speaking of fun facts!  Here’s one for the ‘ol hard hat holder:

The term journeyman comes from Medieval times, marking the years after the young craftsman had fulfilled his duties to his master. After a completed apprenticeship, the tradition required the new journeyman to set out traveling across the country for a number of years working various workshops in different townships and villages employing his skills.

According to Wikipedia the journeyman was required to be unmarried, childless, and without debt to ensure his wandering years were not meant as a way to run from social obligations. Wandering journeyman wore a standard tunic and presented themselves in a decent manner so the public would not confuse them with vagrants and drifters and offer them free lodging. Once the journey years were completed the craftsman was then able to register with a Guild to attain his Master craftsman status.

So journey man!

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