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The “Are You Ready?” Series contains articles about major construction projects or new companies hundreds or even thousands of employees in Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you have the skills and training, you have a potential to get great careers after graduation and beyond.

Are you ready?

Featured Workterm Host – Pennecon
Posted October 19, 2022

October is “National Careers In Construction Month” which celebrates and recognizes the contributions from educators, students, and employees to promote the construction industry!

According to Pennecon, the construction industry aims to increase awareness and promote careers, to encourage an even more diverse group of individuals to consider construction related careers.

Did you know that many of Newfoundland and Labrador’s public and private post secondary institutions, including Academy Canada, offers construction oriented training programs?

Academy Canada are proud to have Pennecon as a work term host and graduate employer for our skilled trades programs! Thank you for your long-term support of our students and graduate.

Are you ready?

Source: Pennecon’s Facebook Page:


A Career Combining Love For Animals With Administration And Technical Support Are In High Demand
Posted January 11, 2023

According to Dr. Maggie Brown Bury, veterinary clinics across Newfoundland and Labrador are encountering some of the same labour shortages other industries are facing, limiting access to vet care in some areas, and affecting affordability for veterinary services.

She says vets and veterinary staff are encountering high levels of burnout and stress due to high demand combined with shortages in specialized staff.

These shortages can make it difficult for pet owners to get veterinary care when they need it for their “fur babies”. It also has an impact on providing affordable services.

Due to the chronic labour shortage in the veterinary medicine sector, Dr. Brown Bury encourages more people to pursue careers in that field as Veterinarians, Administrative Staff, or Technical Support.

Even if you don’t have high marks to get accepted for Veterinary School, you can still train for rewarding careers while helping our furry friends at the same time.

Academy Canada’s “Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist” program prepares students for a career in the animal care field.

Students receive hands-on training that will enable them to assist the Veterinarian in day-to-day clinical procedures that may include: anesthesia monitoring, preparing for surgeries, surgery assisting, administering medications, taking X-Rays, and counseling clients on training methods.

This program also prepares students to effectively perform administrative and reception duties.

With a high demand for Veterinary Assistant/Receptionists, are you ready?

Source: VOCM – “Labour Shortages Affecting Local Vet Clinics”, https://vocm.com/2023/01/10/labour-shortages-affecting-local-vet-clinics/.


Canada’s Construction Industry Sounds The Alarm Over Job Vacancy Rates
Posted August 31, 2022

According to the Canadian Construction Association website’s article entitled “Economic update: Industry sounds alarm over construction job vacancy rates”, the labour demands for non residential construction workers are growing as the number of new construction projects are booming.

Current number of construction related job vacancies stands 84,585 positions and economic value of building permits are at least $3.9 billion.

Over the next five years, Canada’s construction industry will need at least 113,100 new workers, mostly as a result of growing demand for non-residential and industrial projects, with 77,600 needed to make up for the number of employees about to retire.

Also compounding the shortage of construction workers are fierce competition for talent.

With the construction industry about to face a large shortage of workers, and demand for non residential and industrial projects booming, pursuing a skilled trade will lead to greater long term job security down the road.

For more information, you can find the Canadian Construction Association’s article entitled “Economic update: Industry sounds alarm over construction job vacancy rates” at https://www.cca-acc.com/plus/economic-update-industry-sounds-alarm-over-construction-job-vacancy-rates/.

Are you ready?


Construction/Industrial Electrician Graduate, Amber Hickman, Featured On NL Hydro’s “Get To Know” Segment
Posted July 6, 2022

Construction/Industrial Electrician graduate and Apprentice Electrician at NL Hydro’s Bay d’Espoir location, Amber Hickman, is featured on NL Hydro website’s “Get To Know” segment.

According to Amber, her father inspired her to follow his footsteps to pursue a career as an Electrician.

As an Apprentice Electrician at the Bay d’Espoir Hydroelectric Generation Station, Amber is responsible for keeping the lights on, ensure things run smoothly, conduct preventive maintenance, and investigate and trouble shoot any issues that arise to keep electricity going as soon as possible.

Since the Bay d’Espoir Hydroelectric Generation Station supplies a majority of the Island of Newfoundland’s electricity, Amber’s role as an Electrician at this power plant is critical to keeping the lights on and the province’s economy going.

For Amber, being a female in a male dominated trade inspires other girls and women to take up skilled trades as a career choice along with the many opportunities it has to offer.

Amber’s experience as an Apprentice Electrician shows that anyone can be a skilled tradesperson.

Are you ready?

Source: NL Hydro “Get to Know Amber Hickman, Apprentice Electrician”, https://nlhydro.com/good-to-know/get-to-know-amber-hickman-apprentice-electrician/


West White Rose Oil Project Is About To Restart – Are You Ready?
Posted May 31, 2022

After two years of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West White Rose Oil Project is about to restart along the Placentia and Marystown areas.

The West White Rose Oil Project involves constructing a massive Gravity Based Structure that will be delivered to the West White Rose oil fields once its completed.

Over 250 permanent jobs, and over 1,500 construction related jobs are expected to be create.

Once this project is completed, West White Rose will create hundreds of additional jobs, as well as generate additional tax revenue and royalties for Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy.

As West White Rose requires huge demand for skilled trades employees, are you ready?

Source: CBC Newfoundland and Labrador “Cenovus restarting West White Rose oil project, stalled under COVID-19 pandemic” https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cenovus-west-white-rose-restart-1.6471846.


“Government of Canada Announces New Funding To Create Apprenticeship Positions”
Posted May 31, 2022

Over the next six years, Canada will be facing a shortage of at least 700,000 skilled trades workers.

There is especially a greater demand for Welders, Industrial Mechanics, Bricklayers, Boilermakers, Cooks, and Hairstylists.

To help address the looming shortage, the Government of Canada has committed $247 million to create at least 25,000 apprenticeship positions with a focus on small and medium sized businesses.

Companies hiring individuals from equity seeking groups including women, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, and visible minorities will be eligible to receive up to double their grant money.

With 700,000 skilled trades workers set to retire across Canada by 2028, and 75,000 apprentices needed to be hired per year to fill this shortage, demand for skilled tradespeople and apprentices are expected to be very high.

Are you ready?

Source: CTV News “Ottawa announces $247 million to create 25,000 apprenticeship positions across Canada” – https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/ottawa-announces-247-million-to-create-25-000-apprenticeship-positions-across-canada-1.5924530


About 20 Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Officers Available In Newfoundland and Labrador
Posted May 24, 2022

While this post is not related to skilled trades, some government organizations are facing a labour shortage in the near future.

For example, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) are now facing a shortage of Fisheries Officers and other staffers, which can do potential harm to Canada’s Fishing industry.

To address this shortage, DFO are now Fisheries Officers and other employees.

Right now, DFO are recruiting at least 20 employees in Newfoundland and Labrador.

DFO are also recruiting staff members in other province.

For Academy Canada’s Law Enforcement Foundations and Criminology students and graduates, check out these opportunities and much more.

Are you ready?

Source: Saltwire “About 20 DFO jobs available in Newfoundland and Labrador” – https://www.saltwire.com/newfoundland-labrador/business/local-business/about-20-dfo-jobs-available-in-newfoundland-and-labrador-100735400/.


“Bay du Nord” Project Has Potential To Create Jobs and Generate Low Carbon Sources of Oil
Posted April 5, 2022
The “Bay du Nord” project is an oil and gas exploration and extraction project planned along Newfoundland’s Jeanne d’Arc Basin and Flemish Pass areas.

While many industrialized and developing countries are gradually transitioning to a greener and “Net Zero” economy, low carbon fossil fuels will still be in demand as we adjust to a “Low Carbon Footprint World”.

Because most of “Bay du Nord” project’s oil is light crude with thickness ranging from maple syrup to water, Newfoundland and Labrador will be able to produce oil with lower carbon footprint, create employment, and meet our demands for petroleum products while we transition to a greener world.

According to Equinor, the “Bay du Nord” project will generate $3.5 billion in additional tax revenue for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, create 11,000 per years of employment, and will extract a total of 300 million barrels of low carbon crude oil if the project is approved.

Since the “Bay du Nord” project has potential to create thousands of skilled trades and indirect jobs, are you ready?

For more information about the “Bay du Nord” project, visit the Equinor website’s “Bay du Nord” project page at https://www.equinor.com/en/where-we-are/canada-bay-du-nord.html.

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