by Gloria Welton
The Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI) works on behalf of about 300 members to train and recruit the next generation of construction workers.
Sam Sanderson, Manager of CAPEI, says the industry is building bigger, better, and smarter buildings and now is the time to enter this thriving industry. “An estimated 1,200 to 1,500 jobs are available today. There is a place for many to start this viable, long-standing, year-round career.
“Employers need people at every skill and educational level, including those with expertise in designing, building, and maintaining these new buildings. There are many ways to enter a trade and learn and earn as you go. With the need for housing and overall infrastructure it only increases the demand for a strong workforce.”
Sam says the CAPEI membership includes all levels of building contractors, from small to medium to large size businesses. “Our members also include businesses that support the industry in areas such as financing, building sales and service, and more.”
The residential and commercial industry as a whole is operating at its maximum now. “I don’t think we can build any harder or faster, and there are challenges every day with labour and supply shortages and inflation.
“We are seeing wages go up, but we need to do more work to do everything we can to attract and encourage people to join this industry. Employers are also working hard to offer a variety of benefits for employees. Work/life balance, wages, and benefits are a key part of supporting staff properly.
“We are hearing every day that no contractor on PEI can increase their workload because of the labour shortage. Having enough staff is the number one issue across the country.”
CAPEI offers programs to help enter the industry, virtual reality training to explore the industry, and direct lines to members to help job seekers meet with employers across all trades on PEI. Sam encourages job seekers to visit the office to chat with them about creating a career in construction.
Ben Paton is the HR Manager for CAPEI. He regularly meets with CAPEI members and will post open positions on www.workpei.ca and www.IslandBuilder.ca
Those interested in a career in construction should contact Ben at [email protected] or 902-368-3303.
Check out The Employment Journey on PEI profiles below of construction-related companies:
AMAC Electric (2004) Ltd., Island-wide
Budget Blinds, Island-wide
Castle group of companies: Spring Valley Building Centre, Kensington; O’Leary Building Centre, Town ‘N Country Carpet One, Summerside and Western Truss, Elmsdale
Hope DesRoche Painting, Charlottetown & Summerside
R. Seegers Construction, Charlottetown
Sunly Energy, Island-wide
Trim Landscaping, Island-wide