Construction outlook for 2019
Sam Sanderson of the Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI) says there’s every indication the sector is booming and moving forward on the Island.
“There are bigger and better things to come in the future with recent announcements of plans for residential and commercial construction,” he says.
Youth in trades
CAPEI has administered a Youth in Trades program for 25 years. The program accepts youth at risk and helps them build a trades career.
“The program is tremendous in helping youth get apprenticeships. The Government of Canada has given funding for the next three years through its Youth Employment Strategy to continue the work.”
Human resources support for CAPEI members
CAPEI has 190 active members, and numbers are growing. Sam notes many of the member companies need support for their hiring needs.
Riley Aiello, [email protected].ca, is the HR Manager. He regularly meets with CAPEI members and will post open positions on www.workpei.ca and IslandBuilder.ca. “I am working with companies to see what their needs are and what positions are hardest to fill. I look forward to raising awareness of the construction industry on PEI and helping to attract skilled trades workers.”
“Our members are so busy managing their work such as accounting, estimating, scheduling and staff,” Sam says. “They have told us time and time again they don’t have the time to post a job. We hope the service will promote trades and help match job seekers with employers.”
Salary ranges for PEI construction workers
“For the most part, wages for entry-level positions range from $13 to $18 an hour,” says Sam. “Wages for experienced trades people range from $14 to $22, and certified trades workers earn $25 an hour plus. There is job security, and many companies offer benefits.”
For more information about the Construction Association of PEI, call 902-368-3303. Visit www.capei.ca.
Construction – Commercial on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
- ADI - Atlantic Door Installation Inc, Charlottetown
- Allstar Cresting and Embroidery and Screen Printing, Charlottetown
- ALL-TECH Environmental Services Ltd., Charlottetown
- Armadillo Metal Roofing Systems Inc., Mermaid
- Arsenault Brothers, located in all Atlantic Provinces
- Atlantic Roofers, Charlottetown
- Beyond the Garden Landscaping, Rustico
- Chandler Motor Repair, Charlottetown
- CTS – Canadian Tracking Solutions, Charlottetown
- Eastern Kings Timber, Souris
- EMCO Corporation, Charlottetown
- Greenfoot Energy Solutions, Winsloe & Moncton
- Island Eco Foam, Stratford
- JC Handy Man Services & Sales, Alberton
- Kennedy Metals, Pleasant Valley
- Kent Building Supplies, Island-wide
- Leading Edge Homes, Johnstons River
- McCarthy's Woodworking Western Truss, Elmsdale
- North Rustico Home Hardware Building Centre, North Rustico
- PEI Brick Company, Crapaud
- Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
- Ravenwood Stairways, Bloomfield
- Regal Cresting, Alberton
- Ridgeline Construction Ltd., Long Creek
- Spray-Net Inc., Tracadie Cross
- Spring Valley Building Centre Ltd., Kensington, O’Leary Building Centre Ltd., O’Leary, and Town & Country Carpet One, Summerside
- Thomas Edison Electric, Summerside
- United Rentals, Charlottetown
PEI Home Show great place to meet employers who are hiring: Thomas Edison Electric and Kennedy Metals
Exploring ways to work in the construction industry on PEI
- “We encourage anyone interested in trades or those who are skilled tradespeople to go to our website at capei.ca to find a list of our great members and contact them directly,” says Sam.
- Visit workpei.ca and IslandBuilder.ca
- Set up a meeting with Riley Aiello at CAPEI, email [email protected] or call 902-368-3303.
- Contact Canadian Home Builders Association-PEIat 902-367-6125.
- Visit chba-pei.ca. The association is happy to speak with anyone interested in the field and to suggest ways to get started in a trade on PEI.
Apprenticeship – earn while you learn
To enter the apprenticeship program, a person must:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Have a high school completion certificate or equivalent
- Be working in one of PEI’s 58 designated trades with a suitable employer
- Other eligibility and allowances may apply.
For more details, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/apprenticeship-and–certification.
Trades education and training
Holland College offers a number of programs to gain employment in the construction industry. Visit www.hollandcollege.com/programs.
UPEI’s Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering. Visit www.upei.ca/engineering.
|For more information about the Construction Association sector on PEI, call 902-368-3303. Visit www.capei.ca.
For more about Buildforce Canada, visit www.buildforce.ca/en.
For more about the Canadian Home Builders Association-PEI, call 902-367-6125 . Visit www.chba-pei.ca.
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