A program delivered by the Construction Association of PEI to introduce newcomers to the trades has helped nine men and one woman consider a career in the trades.
The participants range in age from 24 to 53. Their home countries include Albania, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Syria, and Colombia. They have a wide range of experience in such diverse careers as Architect, Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Chef, Restaurant Services Owner, Information Technology Services, Oil and Gas industry, and Filmmaker.
The participants toured construction work sites, sat in on classroom time to earn safety certifications such as CPR/First Aid, WHMIS, Fall Protection, and CSTS, and were introduced to trades training offered at Holland College. They got practical work experience on a Habitat for Humanity build, and will also have a 14-week work term with local construction companies.
“The purpose of this program is to give newcomers some Canadian work experience and earn Canadian credentials,” says Janet O’Donnell, Coordinator of the program.
“PEI construction companies are very busy, and the industry needs 300 to 500 new entrants per year to keep up with the demand.
“The participants are very focussed and eager to learn and they progressed quickly. They will become valuable employees because of their maturity and work experience.”
“They learned a bit of everything, and they learned quickly,” says Timmy Cameron, who helped participants on the Habitat for Humanity build.
“They learned how to install Tyvac, siding, facia, windows, and framing. These are all valuable skills for entry-level jobs in construction. One participant has already been hired.”
For more information, contact Janet O’Donnell, Construction Association of PEI, at 902-368-3303 or [email protected].
- “I am excited to start a new career path in Canada. I have experience putting together TV sets but this is my first time on a construction site.”
- “This program is a great opportunity to get Canadian work experience and learn about Canadian workplace culture.”
- “After 18 years working in health and safety in the oil and gas industry, this program will be a bridge to a career in Canada.”
- “Starting a new life in Canada is a big challenge and a big change, and this program helps me and other newcomers to succeed.”
- “Construction in my home country uses bricks and concrete. This program helped me learn how to work with Canadian materials.”
- “This program is a good platform to start a new life for me and my family.”
- “The skills I learned through this program are applicable anywhere in Canada.”
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.