Recently, PEI employers met with newcomers looking for alternate ways to apply their skills to the PEI labour market. Employers and newcomers discussed local labour market information through round table discussions, guest speakers, information booths, 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.
For more information about the PEI ANC, visit www.peianc.com.
For more about RDÉE Prince Edward Island, visit www.rdeeipe.net.
Funded in whole or in part by the government of Canada.
Fitzpatrick and Company, Charlottetown
Fitzpatrick & Company is a full-service accounting firm that has been in operation since 2008. The assurance division handles audits, reviews and other financial statement preparation. The advisory division handles business planning, tax planning, and refinancing. The staff of nearly 30 includes nine Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs).
“Our hiring is typically done in spring, after our busy tax season, which is January to May,” says Jamie Arsenault. “We hire two to three people a year. They are either accounting technicians doing day-to-day bookkeeping, or individuals interested in taking the CPA program.
“Three Chinese newcomers work with us now. We rely on them to understand Chinese culture, and that has helped our company communicate better with PEI’s Chinese community.”
CPA students work at the firm while participating in the 30-month program to earn their professional accountant designation.
The company has found success through the Co-operative program at UPEI. Jamie says some of those students have worked through the summer, gained full-time employment after graduation, and earned their CPA designation.
Community involvement and advancement opportunities
“Volunteer experience doing financial statements or other activities looks good on a resumé,” Jamie says. “It shows they are building skills and networking at the same time.”
“Some of our Accounting technicians have worked towards becoming CPAs. When an employee is a good fit with our company, there is room to move up.”
For more information about Fitzpatrick & Company, visit www.fitzandco.ca.
White & Associates Financial Services, Charlottetown
White & Associates Financial Services is affiliated with Sun Life Financial. Advisor Joe White focuses on retirement and estate planning, encompassing all insurance and investment opportunities.
He has a staff of three. “The two newcomers on staff have helped my business a lot. I need to understand newcomers’ culture to keep the confidence of newcomer clients.
“I can train in-house by connecting staff to the courses needed to gain certification in this field. I look for staff with the ability to learn, communicate, and network well.
“Communication is important in my line of business,” says Joe. “I need to ensure that communications are fluent and well understood.”
For more information, call 902-894-8513 ext. 211 or visit www.sunlife.ca/ca/careers.
3 Points Aviation, Charlottetown
3 Points Aviation manufactures, repairs, and overhauls airplane parts. The facility on PEI has been in operation for six years. The company’s departments include manufacturing, programming, HR, front office and administration, quality control, shipping, sales, repair & overhaul, and research & development.
“We are looking for people with previous experience in the aerospace industry with a minimum of five years of experience in repair & overhaul,” says Dianne Griffin. “In the IT department, we are looking to hire an End-User Technician.”
At the moment, 3 Points is focused on acquiring more CNC Programmers and CNC Machinists. “Holland College currently offers a one-year Machinist program, and graduates can go on to a second year at New Brunswick Community College to become a CNC Machinist.”
“We recently hired someone who in his country was an expert in metrology in a sector similar to Aerospace. One of our requirements before making a job offer is to ask the applicant to do a skills test and prove themselves.
“This particular employee passed his skill test and was hired as an entry-level Technician with the opportunity to move up.”
For more information, visit www.3pointsaviation.com/careers.html.
Elanco Canada Ltd., Charlottetown
Elanco Canada Ltd. is the animal health division of Eli Lily and Company. On PEI, this biotech pharmaceutical company manufactures vaccines for fish. “Our customers are from all over the world,” says Ashlee London.
“We have approximately 115 employees, and we are very well represented with people from all over the world.
“We have a large manufacturing facility, so most frequently we hire Technicians for manufacturing jobs like downstream and upstream processing, final formulation and filling, as well as fermentation.
“We also employ people in Research and Development, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Engineering, IT, Supply Chain, Finance, and HR.
“A science background is ideal for our manufacturing positions, but a strong work ethic, a proven motivation to come to work and do a good job every day, flexibility, and the ability to follow instructions and guidelines goes a long way. A fit with the team, the company, and the culture is very important.
“We don’t limit our hiring to people with experience in exactly the same type of company. I always encourage people to apply if they have comparable skills, experience, and/or education as listed in the job description.
“If you see a posting, and you are interested and you have the skills, apply in the manner specified in the job advertisement.
“That will open the opportunity for discussions with our recruiters, HR team, and hiring managers. One online application can open the door to multiple viewings, and begins a profile creation with the company.”
For more information about Elanco Canada Ltd., visit www.elanco.ca.
PEI Public Service Commission: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hillsborough, and Palliative Care.
“There is a need for everything from cooks to service workers, RCWs to LPNs,” says Doris Taylor, who is responsible for recruiting staff for all departments of the QEH, Hillsborough Hospital, and Palliative Care. “It’s a constant intake. We often interview for these positions on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Online applications are always preferred, but paper applications are welcome as well.”
Some areas of employment include:
- Medical Laboratory Technicians
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Occupational Therapists
- Addictions Workers
- Administrative Support
- Clerical Support
- Nursing (Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Resident Care Workers)
- Service Workers (environmental, laundry, dietary)
- • Maintenance Workers (Carpenters, Power Engineers, Plumbers, Electricians)
Doris says the jobs most difficult to recruit for are specialty nursing units, and there has been an increase in the number of postings that have been open to the public over the past year.
Thilak Tennekone manages the Public Service Commission Diversity program, which helps newcomers obtain employment with the public service.
“The PSC Diversity office also maintains an inventory of qualified individuals which is our Diversity Talent Pool. We refer them to departments and agencies seeking potential employment opportunities.
Recently there was a significant increase of immigrants that sought PSC diversity program assistance.”
For more information, call 902-368-4080.
To contact the PEI Public Service Commission, call 902-894-2393.
For more details on how to apply, visit www.gov.pe.ca/jobspei/index.php?number=1051145&lang=E. For more tips to apply for PEI government healthcare jobs, visit www.employmentjourney.com/tips-applying-pei-government-healthcare-jobs/.
Space-O Technologies, Charlottetown
Space-O Technologies was born from the desire to bring together the best engineers from around the globe to create specialized, unique, and highly-functional business and personal apps for millions of users.
Development centres are located in India and Siberia (Russia), and the sales office is located in the United States.
Rakesh Patel recently relocated to PEI from India with his family. He opened a branch of Space-O Technologies in Charlottetown.
He is currently hiring four Charlottetown-based positions that include: Production Manager, Content Writer, Business Development Executive, and Digital Marketing Manager.
“The company runs its own incubation space inside Space-O which enables its managers to build their own dream technology products by providing funding, infrastructure, staff, and mentorship while they continue working with the company,” says Rakesh.
“After four years of working for Space-O, Managerial position employees can apply for that incubation program and become CEO of their own dream company. Space-O Technologies provides funding up to $75,000 US and equity in the new company, which helps retain employees by offering more than just a salary.”
For more information, visit www.spaceotechnologies.com.
Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI)
CAPEI represents 190 commercial construction companies across PEI, and is an advocacy group for the industry.
“We work closely with all levels of government, departments such as Apprenticeship, and all aspects of commercial and residential construction,” says Sam Sanderson.
“One of the biggest issues facing the industry now is the shortage of skilled trades people. We need more people available to work as Carpenters, Electricians, Plumbers, Floor Installers, Site Supervisors, Estimators, and Project Managers.
“Over the next 10 years, we are expecting a shortage of up to 300,000 trades people across Canada. Here on PEI, we expect a shortage of up to 2,300 trades people.”
Sam says there has been unbelievable growth in construction on PEI.
“We are leading the country in commercial construction, with 61 percent growth in 2017. The residential sector has seen 54 percent more building permits this year, so overall it has been a tremendous year on PEI.
“All indications are that PEI construction will continue to grow over the next number of years. Now is a great time to get involved in this industry.”
For more information about the Construction Association on PEI, call 902-368-3303. Visit www.capei.ca.
To explore jobs in the residential and commercial construction sector, visit www.employmentjourney.com and search residential and commercial construction.
For more information about the trades, see page 11.