Hundreds turn out for Education & Industry Expo

2014-04-23


Construction of two new hospitals in the Comox Valley and Campbell River is estimated to create approximately 1,900 direct and 1,400 indirect jobs over the next three years, including education, training and employment opportunities for young people.

Students visit the North Island Hospitals Project/Island Health/Aboriginal Employment Program booth at the Education and Industry Expo in the Timberline School gym.

Students visit the North Island Hospitals Project/Island Health/Aboriginal Employment Program booth at the Education and Industry Expo in the Timberline School gym.

That was the message April 11th as the North Island Hospitals Project and other organizations presented information to hundreds of students attending an Education and Industry Expo hosted by North Island College and School District 72 in the Timberline Secondary School gymnasium.

About 30 organizations took part in the career fair to inspire students to pursue interests and consider possible careers in trades and technologies. The North Island Hospitals Project shared a booth with Island Health’s Aboriginal Employment Program.

North Island Hospitals Project construction will provide many job opportunities for trades, technicians and professionals. Examples include:

Tradespeople including journeymen, apprentices and helpers for:

  • Carpentry
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Metal Sheet Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators
  • Labourers
  • Painters
  • Drywallers
  • Carpet Layers
  • Mason workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Concrete workers
  • Shippers

Certified technicians and technologists for systems such as:

  • Communications
  • Building Operators
  • HVAC Balancers
  • Equipment and Building System Specialists
  • Locksmiths

Professionals:

  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Building Architects
  • Landscape Architects
  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Project Managers
  • Purchasing Agents

The North Island Hospitals Project is working with School Districts, North Island College, NIEFS (North Island Employment Foundations Society), the North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society, trade associations, businesses and other organizations to develop apprenticeship and other training programs for tradespeople.

The main message for students: Talk to your school counsellors. They have the knowledge and the tools to help you identify career paths and guide you to make sure you’re taking the right courses to be prepared to make the most of future opportunities.

Also: Stay informed. Visit and bookmark the North Island Hospitals Project website: www.nihp.viha.ca for project information, news and updates. You can subscribe to our NIHP newsletter/events notification email list.

As a follow-up to last year’s very successful industry speed-dating events, the North Island Hospitals Project will be working with the Campbell River and Comox Valley Chambers of Commerce to host an opportunities fair in each community later this spring, allowing local companies (hotels, caterers, contractors, suppliers, tradespeople and others) the opportunity to meet with the selected proponent to highlight their qualifications and/or services.