(August 5, 2020) – With construction recruitment in high gear across the country, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) has launched the “Opportunity Knocks” campaign aimed at encouraging those who are exploring or switching careers to open the door to a “pandemic proof” career in the construction trades.
“Construction really is the sector of opportunity, throughout
the COVID-19 pandemic and well beyond,” said Paul de Jong, President of the
Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA). “Construction has proven
to be an essential service that opens up all kinds of career paths. And right
now, with the wave of baby boom retirements in construction, opportunity is knocking
louder than ever before.”
Industry will need to recruit well over 300,000 construction
workers this decade to offset the retirement of approximately one quarter of
Canada’s construction workforce over the same period.
With COVID-19 resulting in major job losses across huge sectors
of Canada’s economy, the “Opportunity Knocks” campaign encourages job seekers
to consider a new career in an industry that offers resilient, rewarding
careers that can start right away.
“The construction trades offer something that many jobs nowadays
do not: stability and the potential to grow, advance and succeed,” said Keri
Salvisburg, Vice President, Member Services, PCA. “This is a fantastic career
choice that comes with the certainty that construction tradespeople will always
be in high demand.”
The “Opportunity Knocks” campaign is supported by the
progressive labour union; CLAC and PCA member companies including Kiewit,
Aecon, Corrcoat Services Inc., AECOM, Ledcor, PCL and Midwest Pipelines Inc., as well
as several organizations including Skills Canada, Skills AB, Skills BC, BC
Industry Training Authority, CAREERS: Next Generation, Women Building Futures
and Apprenticeship Industry Training.
For further information about #opportunityknocks, visit: opportunity-knocks.ca.
About the Progressive Contractors Association
of Canada (PCA)
With offices in BC, Alberta and Ontario, PCA is the voice of
progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member
companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and natural resource
construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta and are leaders in
infrastructure construction across Canada. PCA member companies employ more
than 25,000 skilled construction workers in Canada, represented primarily by
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