Recently, PEI employers met with newcomers looking for alternative ways to apply their skills to the PEI labour market. Employers and newcomers discussed local labour market information through round table discussions, guest speakers, and workshops.
Sectors represented included Bioscience, Information Technology, Finance/Accounting, Health, Trades, Aerospace & Defence, and Early Childhood Education.
This event was organized and hosted by PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada in collaboration with RDÉE Prince Edward Island, and the Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning.
TJ's Construction Ltd., TJ's Windows & Castle Building Centre and VY Build Inc.
50 Grant Street, East Royalty.
Tim McHatten has owned and operated TJ’s Construction for 28 years. TJ’s Windows & Building Centre has been open for nine years. He co-owns VY Build Inc., which focuses on incorporating energy efficient technology and other construction developments.
The three companies have a total of eight staff. “Right now we have two staff who design our kitchens and windows, and we have a store manager and a store sales person who also work in the lumber yard. We also have carpenters and labourers at the work sites.”
Tim is looking to hire more staff in the following areas:
- Delivery driver
- Warehouse shipping and receiving
How to apply
“We advertise our jobs on WorkPEI, which is a fantastic way to post jobs and search for job seekers who match the skills we need. We encourage potential candidates to drop in at our location to find out more about the company and what jobs are available.”
Tim is President of the Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI, and has been a proud member of the CHBA for 25 years. “CHBA helps members with advanced training and staying on top of building practices as they change over the years.”
For more about the Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI, call 902-367-6125. Visit www.chba-pei.ca.
Thinking Big, Charlottetown
Thinking Big provides consulting services to government and corporate clients. Staff includes Business Analysts, Technical Writers, Front-End Designers, Software Developers, Testers, and Project Managers.
The company hires skilled people in the following types of positions:
- Junior Developer
- Senior Developer
- Microsoft Dynamics CMR Business Analyst
- Project Designer
Steve Zheng was a newcomer and a job seeker last year at the Alternate Careers event for newcomers held in Charlottetown. As a result of attending the event, Steve secured employment with Thinking Big as a Solutions Architect and Delivery Assurance Manager.
“My advice to job seekers seeking employment is not to be shy, even if you don’t speak English very well. Try to attend every event connected to job seeking. Be prepared and rehearse what you will say to employers. Be ready to list your top three skills in the IT sector.
“Do a follow-up by sending a resumé and later a telephone call to let the employers know you are interested in working for their company.”
For more information about Thinking Big, visit www.thinkingbig.net and Facebook.
ScreenScape Networks Inc., Charlottetown
ScreenScape uses Internet-based software to offer a new way to engage the public by turning any TV into a digital sign.
ScreenScape is currently seeking Software Developers. Positions for Account Executives and Customer Service Specialists have recently been filled.
“Technical skills will get you an interview,” says Mark Sambrooke.
“Soft skills will get you hired.”
Some soft skills include teamwork, communication, adaptability, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution, and critical observation.
“Apply on-line through our website. List your top three skills in a cover letter.”
For more information visit www.screenscape.com.
“If you like helping clients, believe in personal development and are looking for a challenging but rewarding career with a company that is committed to diversity, look no further than RBC,” says Li Yuan Ma.
“Over 50 employees work at RBC’s four branches and at an RBC Dominion Securities office on the Island. Nine employees are newcomers, eight of whom are Chinese.”
An immigrant from China, Li Yuan started at RBC five years ago and quickly progressed from Client Advisor to Personal Account Manager before moving to Commercial Banking.
“Once you start with RBC the possibilities are endless as long as you are committed to providing an outstanding customer experience and to always being at your best. We have a strong corporate culture where employees are encouraged to reach their goals.”
Having joined RBC out of university, Li Yuan also appreciates RBC’s commitment to helping young people reach their potential. Today’s youth are more educated than any other generation before them, yet they face more challenges than their parents did when entering the workforce. RBC hopes to change that with RBC Future Launch – a 10-year, $500-million initiative investing in helping young people gain access and opportunity to the skills, job experience and career networks needed for the future world of work.
For RBC job postings, resumé and interview tips, visit www.rbc.com/careers. For more information on RBC Future Launch, visit www.rbc.com/dms/enterprise/futurelaunch/all14-all-or.html.
Early Childhood Education
Île Enchantée, Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean, Charlottetown
Île Enchantée hired their tenth worker in October, and there are two substitutes.
The centre runs a day care and a pre-school and after school program for children ages five to 12. It has the capacity to look after 50 children and is open
7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
“There is a big need for substitutes and full-time employees,” says Adina Nault. “We look for applicants who have a volunteer background working with children at home, at school or in the community, whether it is in child care or tutoring.
“Every day, we plan activities and document every learning opportunity that child has had. We also look after the emotional needs of the child and daily routines like snack time and nap time.”
Adina says Île Enchantée is willing to accommodate staff’s work schedules so they can go to school during the day. The centre may also help finance their employees’ efforts to earn a two-year early childhood education diploma.
“I went back for upgrading a few years ago and found it was worth it. I took what I learned in the night classes and applied it to the centre each day.”
For more information about Île Enchantée, call 902-368-1895.
L’Association des Centres de la Petite Enfance Francophones
They represent six early childhood education centres across PEI. The centres look after the education, basic care and social needs of children up to age five.
“Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain develops by age five,” says Kathleen Couture. “We get to teach them, nurture them and meet their needs. It’s a rewarding profession to see the children grow. It has been proven that children who started at early years centres will be successful students from kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary education.”
In August, the federal and provincial governments announced a three-year, $10.5 million investment into more early learning and child care spaces and professional development for Early Childhood Educators.
“Both French and English centres are looking for people to work year-round as trained early years educators, substitutes, special needs assistants, and cooks. Some programs may allow untrained workers to come in and we will help with Level One training.
“Aspiring Early Childhood Educators start with Level One training, which is three university or college level core courses. They are encouraged to go on to a two-year diploma program. The association works with staff to achieve that goal.”
For more information about PEI’s French-speaking Early Childhood Education Centres, call 902-439-5948.
Visit la Fédération des parents de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (FPÎPÉ) at https://fpipe.org/.
BioVectra Inc., Charlottetown
BioVectra is a contract manufacturing company that makes the active pharmaceutical ingredients for drug products.
“Our research and development department is expanding, and we have a need for more staff,” says Trevor Morash. “Our challenge is finding the right fit for the positions available.
“We require all fields of experience. Our priority is process manufacturing, and to support that department, we need Production Staff, Engineers and Maintenance, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Regulatory, Research and Development, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, and Finance.
“Our primary focus now is hiring for jobs for our plant in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
“A number of staff at our Charlottetown location are originally from Nova Scotia and want to move back, which may open some positions on PEI.
“We are looking for people with a BSc in Chemistry, as well as Engineers. We also may hire more shipping/receiving positions. Our Quality Control and Production departments typically have some entry level positions as well.
“We are constantly looking for people who have worked with standard operating procedures, CGMP, or food manufacturing. If an applicant has experience in another field where standard operating procedures are followed, some of those skills can be transferrable.
“Check the job vacancies on the company website. Read the job description and the job duties very carefully, and then see if those fit with your own skills and experience.
“If you make it to an interview and if you are not hired for the role you applied for, we keep resumés on file in case another opportunity comes up.”
For more information, visit www.biovectra.com and click careers.