Manufacturing is one of the largest private sector employers on PEI.
Manufacturing businesses include food processing, wood products, shipbuilding, fabricated metals, plastics, and aerospace and railway components.
This industry employs technicians, trades people, managers and other administration staff.
Number of people employed:
According to the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey first quarter of 2018, 6,600 people were employed in this sector on PEI.
Manufacturing on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
3 Points Aviation, West Royalty Industrial Park, Charlottetown
Craig Wood Products, Northam Road, Tyne Valley
Eastern Fabricators, Poole’s Corner
Fleece and Harmony Woolen Mill, Belfast
Livingston Steel Inc., Summerside and Charlottetown
MacDougall Steel Erectors, Borden-Carleton
McCarthy’s Woodworking Western Truss, Elmsdale
Myers Welding, Alberton
PEI Bag Company, Central Bedeque
Roberts Group of Companies, Kinkora, Alberton, Clinton, Kensington, New Annan
Royalty Hardwoods Ltd., Poole’s Corner
Tignish Co-operative, Tignish
Trout River Industries, Coleman and Bloomfield
Wyman’s of PEI, Morell and Mount Stewart
Trade HERizons: Helping women choose career paths
Seventeen women recently graduated from Trade HERizons, a career exploration program run by Women’s Network PEI. This 11-week program, which helps women chose careers in trades and technology, is in its eighth year.
“Trade HERizons is part of our Women’s Economic Empowerment Project,” says Jillian Kilfoil, interim Executive Director, Women’s Network PEI. “I thank our amazing facilitators Jaime Griffin, Kate Dempsey, and Kelly Gillis. You have worked so hard, and you are truly inspiring. Thank you to the participants for their hard work and dedication. We are eager to see what they do next.”
Program support is a key to success
Jillian acknowledged the support of government agencies SkillsPEI and the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat.
Kathleen Casey, MLA Charlottetown-Lewis Point, spoke on behalf of Sonny Gallant, Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning. “It’s inspiring to see so many women exploring careers,” she said. “I hope their sons and daughters will follow in their footsteps.
“A skilled workforce is key to the economic progress of this province. Employers have told us women help lower turnover and enhance productivity in the workplace. I hope these participants achieve the highest level in your chosen trade — the Red Seal.”
Michelle Harris Genge, Director of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, encouraged the women to stay connected with Women’s Network PEI staff and their fellow participants. “This is an exciting time and I feel you are going to be the change makers in our society.”
Class of 2017 student speaker: Corrie Tesselaar
“I think I speak for all of us when I say those 11 weeks went by fast,” says Corrie. “We should all be proud of ourselves. We explored careers with the help of Holland College and now we are planning to go on to college programs.”
Corrie has been accepted into the Electrical Technology program. “Thank you, Women’s Network PEI, for all the opportunities given to us and the confidence you instilled in us.”
“Our facilitators made sure we became better people, and that we made it to graduation day. We have changed each other’s lives and know graduation wouldn’t have meant anything if we weren’t there to share it together. I know we will do great things and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We wouldn’t have made it to this pivotal moment without the help of family and friends too.”
Corrie ended with her favourite quote from Eric Roth, screenwriter of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”
For more about Trade HERizons, visit www.wnpei.org/trade-herizons.
Funded in whole or in part through the Canada/PEI Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-PEI Job Fund.
Sample jobs and employers
- Cavendish Farms
Construction Industrial Mechanic/Millwright:
- AgraWest Foods Inc.
Sheet Metal Workers:
- Bevan Brothers Ltd.
- J&S Sheet Metal Ltd.
- Sherbrooke Mechanical Ltd.
Welders and Related Machine Operators:
- Diversified Metal Engineering Ltd.
- Action Aero
- Charlottetown Metal Products
- MacDougall Steel
Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment:
- Acadian Fishermen’s Cooperative Ltd.
- Atlantic Beef Products Incorporated
- Sekisui Diagnostics PEI Inc.
- McCain Foods
- Royal Star Foods Ltd.
CNC Precision Machinist:
- Tube-Fab Ltd.
- MDS Coating Technologies Corporation
- Wiebel Aerospace
- 3 Points Aviation
- Vector Aerospace
- Charlottetown Metal Products
- Jasper Wyman & Sons
- Zengo Inc.
Help for employers to recruit, retain, and advance women in trades on PEI
In the summer of 2015, Women’s Network PEI began a three-year project called Supporting Island Trades Employers (SITE). Phase 1 is complete, and Michelle Blanchard is coordinating Phase 2.
“It’s a supply and demand equation,” says Michelle. “Our Trade HERizons program has supplied trades women, and now the SITE project is working with trades employers to increase demand. We are looking at their workplace practices and suggesting ways to recruit, retain, and advance women on PEI.”
The 12 employers on SITE’s advisory board represent companies across the Island, from smaller businesses such as Ridgeline Construction with 10 employees to larger firms such as Holland College and Maritime Electric.
“The project found that employers of all sizes have common concerns. SITE can help small employers which don’t have a human resource department to build their own action plans. We help them track their changes and look at their outcomes. The companies seem open to change.”
As part of the project, Michelle analyzed participating companies’ HR policies and employee orientation manuals. Focus groups were also held with Island tradeswomen.
“Since its start in 2009, Trade HERizons has helped to almost triple the number of tradeswomen on PEI. Yet we are hearing some women feel a sense of isolation because they are the only female in the shop. We have created professional development workshops where they can share ideas. Some of our employer advisors have agreed to sponsor these workshops.”
Monthly information sessions with employers will be held on general workplace issues. Employers will also have the opportunity to promote their companies and possibly recruit future employees.
“The knowledge-sharing piece of this project is going to be huge. After we have learned all we can from employers and employees, we will ask how we can best share this information to make workplaces more welcoming. Trades work can be challenging; for example, some women may not be able to do a lot of heavy lifting.
“I know of one employer who makes sure his female employee is busy doing something else when a heavy delivery comes in.
“I think the SITE project will have a lasting impact on the way PEI trades employers accommodate their employees.”
For more information on Women’s Network PEI, call 902-368-5040. Visit www.wnpei.org.
Funded by Status of Women Canada.
PEI employers in Aerospace, Defence and Marine
- 3 Points Machining & Aerospace | www.3pointsaviation.com
- Action Aero | www.actionaero.com
- Dual Bright: aviation displays & gauges by MarineNav Ltd. | www.marinenav.ca
- MDS Coating Technologies Corporation | www.mdscoating.com
- Precision G&T Engineering: engineers, machinists, tool & die makers | http://precisiongtengineering.weebly.com | 902-687-1448
- Testori Americas Corporation | www.testoriamericas.com
- Tube-Fab Ltd. | www.tube-fab.com
- Wiebel Aerospace | www.wiebel.ca
Sample jobs in Aerospace:
- Assembly Technician
- Aerospace Technician
- Mechanical Engineer
- Quality Technician/Inspector
- CNC/Precision Machinist
Education, training & certification
Holland College has a full compliment of trades and technology programs. Visit www.hollandc.pe.ca.
For details on trades in manufacturing that have an Apprenticeship program, contact the Apprenticeship Branch of Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, 902-368-4460 or visit www.apprenticeship.pe.ca.
To explore the manufacturing sector further:
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