Celebrating Skilled Trades and Technology Week

Article by J.D. Irving

Skilled trades are an integral part of our business. In the next three years, we’re forecasting hiring over 460 skilled trades workers across operations.

Student tours, scholarships, equipment donations, co-ops, and apprenticeships as well as our sponsorship of the National Skills Canada Competition held in Moncton are just some of our initiatives to help enrich the learning of skilled trades students.

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To celebrate Skilled Trades and Technology Week we’re sharing the stories some of our own skilled trades talent within the company.

Scholarships to Support Skilled Trades Education

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Jordan Kierstead spent his summer co-op student at Irving Pulp & Paper Mill as a Mechanical Technician. Jordan’s father Clayton has worked as a Mechanical Technician at the mill for nearly 12 years. Jordan was awarded $1,000 for his education at NBCC as part of the employee child scholarship program.

Trades in the Family
Five generations of the Stout family have worked at Irving Pulp and Paper.

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“I had a job offer before I finished my course at NBCC. It was an awesome feeling knowing I would graduate and be able to start a good paying job right away – without having to move away. I’m lucky; I don’t miss any family dinners and birthdays. I’m 21 years old, I’m a homeowner, and I am so glad I get to work in my hometown.” – Kevin Stout, NBCC graduate, fifth generation to work at Irving Pulp and Paper, Call Crew.

Interested in a career in skilled trades? See J.D. Irving’s current openings.

read more/source: https://www.jdirving.com/BlogPage.aspx?id=3624&blogid=74

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