HR Manager of 3 Points Aviation
The company started in 2004 and has now expanded to four facilities in Newfoundland, Ontario, Alberta, and Charlottetown. The Charlottetown location has 45 employees, and with the move of their Repair & Overhaul department to Calgary, will focus on manufacturing legacy aircraft components.
“Skilled trades people are extremely important to the company,” says Dianne. “Without them, we will not be able to expand our manufacturing business and meet the needs of our customers.
“We are now looking to hire eight to ten CNC Programmers and Machinist positions. We will continue to invest in Prince Edward Island. However, it is getting difficult, as we are unable to find enough skilled trades people to do the work.
“We owned a huge building for repair & overhaul, and were employing 26 people. In September 2018, I had to announce we were moving our Repair & Overhaul services to Calgary, Alberta because we were unable to provide the required services for our customers here on PEI.”
HR recruitment is a team effort
“I was just speaking with one of the panelists a few moments ago, and he shared information that is very informative and useful.
“So, that’s why we are all here today, because we would like to partner with you and help each other with the challenges we are all facing.
“We took a half-page colour advertisement at a cost $3,000 in the local newspaper advertising for skilled trade people and received no response.
“We have to find less costly, more effective ways of advertising for workers. We need to make sure we are reaching out and talking to our sons and daughters, encouraging our youth to consider working in the trades. We also need to make sure young people know that skilled trades are not gender specific.”