With the Prince Edward Island construction industry booming and construction employers across the Island needing 300 to 400 new employees now, there is no better time than the present for youth interested in exploring a construction trade to apply to the Construction Association of PEI’s Youth in Trades project.
I am the Youth Employment Program Manager with the Construction Association of PEI. We are presently establishing recruitment strategies to increase the number of Indigenous people, women, and newcomers to the project.
We would like to see these groups represent at least 50 percent of the intake. Currently, I am meeting with organizations across the Island who work with these groups to increase awareness of the Youth in Trades project.
During the project, participants are paid for eight weeks of group-based employability skills which covers resumé development, positive attitudes, team building exercises, essential skills assessment, construction site visits, CPR/First Aid, WHMIS Fall Arrest and CSTS Certifications. Orientation at Holland College for carpentry, electrical, and plumbing trades is also included.
The project includes a work experience component where participants are placed in an entry-level position with a construction trades employer for 14 weeks. Objectives of the project are to increase the participants’ knowledge and skills for successful participation in the labour market and to promote awareness of education and essential skills for future employment goals.
Unemployed or underemployed youth (working less than 20 hours per week) between 16 and 30 years of age are eligible for the project.
For more information on the Construction Association Youth in Trades project, contact Janet O’Donnell at 902-394-3361.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada Youth Employment Strategy-Skills Link Program.