Recently, at the 12th annual Biz2Biz Expo in Charlottetown, more than 125 exhibitors had the opportunity to network and promote their products and services. The Employment Journey on PEI asked some of the businesses about their staff and their hiring needs.
St. John Ambulance
St. John Ambulance instructors offer training in emergency and standard first aid, mental health first aid, and advanced courses. Proceeds from the training programs support services for seniors, youth, and communities.
“In Nova Scotia, we train about 50,000 people per year, and we are in the process of moving to PEI,” says Diana Parks. “Currently, a handful of Instructors on PEI do business development and teach courses once a month in the Charlottetown and Summerside areas.
“We are always looking for more Instructors and volunteers for our community service programs. We offer a five-day Instructor Development program about four times a year.
Candidates must hold a valid St. John Ambulance standard First Aid/CPR level “C” Certification issued within the last 12 months.
“Being an Instructor could be a great part-time or full-time job for retirees or students.”
Town of Stratford
The Town of Stratford is a fast-growing community with more than 10,000 residents. “The town has grown more than 35 percent in the last 10 years,” says Robert Hughes.
There are about 27 permanent employees and a number of seasonal employees as well. The Recreation, Culture, and Events department has a Recreation Coordinator and a Program Coordinator.
The Infrastructure Department looks after water and sewer utilities, public works, buildings, grounds, sidewalks and trails. The department has an Infrastructure Manager, Infrastructure Coordinator, and Utility Operators.
The Finance and Administration Department has Accounting Clerks, and the Planning, Development, and Heritage Department has a Town Planner, Development Officer, and Building Inspector.
“For some speciality jobs such as Town Planner, there are fewer people in the talent pool to choose from, so we don’t get as many applications. But in general, we have not had much difficulty filling positions.”
For more information, visit www.townofstratford.ca.
Leading Edge Homes, Johnstons River
This custom home construction company, which has been in business for a year, offers conventional construction and an alternative framing method where the roof is built directly on the foundation, and then taken off to add prefabricated wall panels.
“The panels are built at Atlas Structural Systems in Richibucto, NB, and trucked to the build site, where they are assembled and installed,” says Scott Gosson.
Six employees work full-time, year-round, 45 to 50 hours a week. A crew does the framing and assembles the panels. A Lead Foreman and a second in command work with the Labourers. There is also a crew that installs trim, flooring, doors, and does other interior work.
“We have enough Labourers, but we are looking for an experienced Foreman who could run another crew,” says Mark Jennings. “This year, we took on three Holland College students as Apprentices, but we need experienced Red Seal people for the students to learn from.”
To apply, visit www.leadingedgehomes.ca. Search Leading Edge Homes PEI on Facebook.
Forever Healthy, Charlottetown & Summerside
Forever Healthy aims to improve the overall health and well-being of individuals
by eliminating underlying allergies. At the first meeting with the client, a medical history is taken and a computerized allergy screening is done. Subsequent visits include the application of acupuncture and energy vials to eliminate the allergy or sensitivity.
There are eight locations across the Maritimes – four in New Brunswick, two in Nova Scotia and two on PEI. The Summerside location employs one Allergy Elimination Practitioner, while Charlottetown employs three Allergy Elimination Practitioners, two Receptionists and one Office Manager.
The business started in Charlottetown in April 2000. Pat began working as a practitioner there in 2002, and took over the business in 2006.
“I am a registered nurse and I studied allergy elimination techniques in California,” says Pat MacKinnon. “I have also studied acupuncture, along with a number of other modalities. I take continuing education courses on Allergy Elimination every year.
We are always looking at bringing more education and experience to each treatment.”
For more information, visit www.foreverhealthy.ca.
Foley’s Transfer Inc., Charlottetown
Foley’s Transfer Inc. is a moving and storage company that employs up to 30 people on and off throughout the year. It has been in operation on PEI since 1946 and has been part of the Atlas Van Lines family for nearly 40 years.
“We ship household goods around the world,” says Donald Perry. “We can haul anything from furniture, to medical and office equipment, boats, trailers, and vehicles.
“We hire short and long-haul drivers, and we have a pack team and a moving crew. We try to make sure everyone is cross-trained as much as possible.
“Moving household furniture is hard work and it’s not for everyone. The job is very labour intensive with long hours, and we work in every kind of weather. It takes time to load properly because you have to fit everything in tight without damaging anything.
“Background checks and driver’s abstracts are needed for all employees. If you stop in with a resumé, please remember to bring a current driver’s abstract and a criminal record check.”
For more information about Foley’s Transfer, visit www.foleystransfer.com.
Reliable Motors, Charlottetown
Reliable Motors recently moved from Allen Street to John Yeo Drive beside Kent Building Supplies.
Operating since 1980, Reliable Motors employs about 35 people in the Sales, Service and Parts departments.
Some job titles:
- Licensed Auto Technician
- Vehicle Detailer
- Parts Advisor
- Service Advisor
- Sales Consultant
“It can be an interesting place to work, with plenty of rewarding opportunities, from introducing a client to their brand new vehicle, to ensuring that your service clients’ safety is top priority when completing seasonal car maintenance and other service repairs,” says Ryan Gillis, Marketing Manager.
“I expect to see an increase in sales and service at our new location, so there will be jobs to fill as Licensed Auto Mechanics, Detailers, Salesmen and more in the near future,” he says.
For more information on Reliable Motors, visit www.reliablemotors.ca.