Riley Aiello is the Human Resources Advisor at the Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI).
At a time when construction is booming, he reaches out to local construction companies to help them post job advertisements and manage the job applications that come through the CAPEI website www.IslandBuilder.ca.
He talks to 20 to 30 employers a week to discuss their hiring needs and offers help with recruitment and retention strategies as well.
“There are many ads for Red Seal and Apprentice Electricians, Carpenters, and Plumbers. Labourers, Heavy Equipment Operators, and Truck Drivers,” says Riley.
“Several senior-level positions, such as Estimator, Site Supervisor, Engineer, and Project Manager are also in demand. Retirements are the main reason for these openings.
“While the need for new entrants into the industry is great, there is good potential to move up the ladder.” There are also openings for support staff such as Office Administrators and Purchasing Agents.
Attracting a diverse workforce
Riley reaches out to youth, women, and Indigenous peoples in the community.
“My message to everyone is the same: opportunity is everywhere and anywhere in the trades.
“We can help new entrants, apprentices, experienced workers, and those with their Red Seal find their fit on PEI.
“We get applicants from PEI, across Canada, and outside Canada,” Riley says.
“They come to us with a variety of skills, education, and years of experience. My role is to try to find that right match between the job seeker and employer.”
The first CAPEI Newcomers in Trades program was held this past fall, when 10 participants explored careers in construction.
Using social media
The Island Builder website, as well as Facebook and Instagram, spread the word about job opportunities. The association also uses radio and TV to promote their message.
Job seekers can apply directly to a job posting at www.IslandBuilder.ca or send a general inquiry email through the website.
For more information on the Construction Association of PEI, visit www.capei.ca.
Funded in whole or in part through the Canada/PEI labour market agreements.