This sector includes companies that design, build, repair and service, and provide materials and equipment for a diverse range of semi-custom and custom boats.
Boat-building – Hiring practices
The industry is booming, says employer
“The boat building industry is booming,” says Jay Campbell, Project Manager of Provincial Boat and Marine Ltd., a long-standing manufacturer of fiberglass fishing boats in Kensington, PEI.
The industry on PEI is relatively small in size, but is bursting at the seams with opportunities for growth. “There are about 12 companies on PEI building and repairing boats. Most likely 100 people are employed across the industry, and we need more.
“Provincial Boat and Marine is booked with orders six years ahead, and this demand is standard across the Island and across Atlantic Canada. It is the busiest we have ever seen the industry in our company’s 45 years of building boats.
“I think it is hard to recruit qualified staff with the right aptitude because the industry is small in size and it gets overlooked as a strong career option. This industry provides stable, year-round work that provides good pay, a rewarding work setting with lots of room to develop skills, and work that is not routine and involves a multitude of tasks.”
Jay says that candidates with carpentry skills are the best fit, but trades experience in auto body or manufacturing can also be a fit. “Some of our staff also does plumbing and electrical, which makes them well rounded in trades.”
Local and regional educational options
Holland College offers some indirectly related programs to gain employment in the building-industry, visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs.
Holland College Marine Training Centre offers Transport Canada-approved training.