Classroom instruction can be quite valuable, but it is not the be-all end-all for some professions. Certain vocations really require potential candidates to supplement in-class learning with direct job training from experienced personnel. Apprenticeships are a great way to accomplish this, while also improving employment prospects and allowing these new workers to earn a salary.
Recognized as an industry leader for its innovative energy management solutions, Tradeforce Tech prides itself on partnering with organizations that excel in their respective fields by demonstrating consistently superior results. Conestoga College’s School of Trades & Apprenticeship is the centre of apprenticeship and skills training in Canada’s Technology Triangle, and Tradeforce Tech is proud to announce a new partnership with them. The shared goal of this new job experience initiative is to help promising candidates develop the skills and work ethic that will help them succeed in this industry.
Eight aspiring tradespeople from Conestoga College have been given the opportunity to shadow our licensed Refrigeration Mechanics, Industrial Electricians, HVAC Technicians, and Gas Fitters. These students will each spend a portion of the semester working in their future trade, providing them with an excellent idea of the day-to-day job responsibilities expected upon graduation from the program.
Win-Win for Students and Technicians
This working relationship also gives Tradeforce Tech personnel a sense of engagement and ownership in an important company project. Successfully instructing students or potential apprentices has the dual effect of providing these mentors with the satisfaction of imparting knowledge to pupils eager to attain the same industry standards of quality and success.
The result is a winning situation for everyone: Tradeforce Tech is finding promising talent, nurturing developing tradespeople, enhancing the collaborative skills of existing employees, and providing an illuminating experience for everyone involved.
Suzanne Moyer, the chair of Trades & Apprenticeship at Conestoga College, expanded her portfolio by assuming the responsibility of overseeing the Waterloo campus in the Construction Skills (Carpentry, Brick and Stone, Roofing, Plumbing, Drywall, Construction Welding, Electrical and HVAC) trade areas. Speaking at Conestoga’s sixth annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards presentation and barbeque, Suzanne stated, “Today’s ceremony is about recognizing excellence…Each one of you who receives an award is receiving it because you’ve demonstrated excellence in your area of study. That doesn’t come without effort.” Suzanne also acknowledged that achievement and success are rarely individual accomplishments.
Tradeforce Tech wholeheartedly agrees with Suzanne. Achieving such a degree of excellence takes perseverance, hard work, and a positive attitude, attributes that are equally necessary in both school and on the job. We fully believe that such an alliance and melding of talents will result in a more meaningful and enriching experience for students, better preparing them to realize long-term careers in this industry. Over the past year, Tradeforce Tech has taken on four graduates from Conestoga’s program in full-time positions, and expects to hire many more in the years to come.
Supporting Equal Opportunity in HVAC
Both organizations also believe in keeping an eye out for prospective talent. Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Products, launched a private sponsorship program to help 58 Syrian families settle in the Guelph area as part of a refugee placement program. Knowing that many of these individuals arrived here with excellent skillsets, Tradeforce Tech reached out to Jim to see if he knew of any promising candidates. Jim referred Mahmoud, a refugee whose occupation in Syria was refrigeration and HVAC. Mahmoud indeed proved knowledgeable and is working for Tradeforce Tech in a part-time position. After only a few short months in Canada, Mahmoud is showing great promise. His English vocabulary has expanded considerably and he is anticipating his completion of the HVAC course.
While the trades tend to employ more men than women, Tradeforce Tech and Conestoga feel that there are also many female students out there who have the drive and capacity to succeed. Buddy Pembleton, program coordinator for Conestoga’s Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician course, hopes the college’s approach will attract more women to the skilled trades. “There’s no reason why women can’t be a gas fitter or a refrigeration mechanic or a plumber,” he said. The stereotype of male physical strength as a necessity in the trades is simply not true.
Tradeforce Tech welcomes tradespeople from all races, ethnicities, religions, and genders. Excellent skills aren’t defined by our differences, but come from within the person willing to seek the education required and use that instruction to define who they truly are as a tradesperson.
Interested in pursuing a career in the trades? Feel free to contact Tradeforce Tech or Conestoga College for the inside view on how our collaboration can help you begin a long and rewarding career in an exciting and significant field.