Manufacturing Day 2019

Manufacturing Day 2019

October is being kicked off as Manufacturing Month, with plant tours on Oct. 3.

Grand Erie region’s Manufacturing Day will see some 250 Grade 10 students tour 18 area companies, with businesses in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk represented.

This is the fourth year for the tours, which were created as a way to inform students about career opportunities in our region’s No. 1 industry. About 16,000 Grand Erie residents work in manufacturing here and outside the region.

A list of companies hosting tours in 2019 is on the Manufacturing Month page.

Norfolk tradespeople recognized

Norfolk tradespeople recognized

Tradespersons working in Norfolk County have earned awards for their outstanding work in the trades.

The Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 25 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board, held at Venture Norfolk.

Construction: Philip Rundle, of Rundlebuilt, a respected contractor in business for 40 years.
Industrial: Todd Saunders, whose Simcoe business Rassaun Services Inc. employs dozens of tradespeople.
Service: Kaley Horton, owner of Kaley’s Restaurant and an expanding catering business.

Geoff McDonald of Stelco Inc. was Master of Ceremonies.

Brantford tradepeople earn awards

Brantford tradepeople earn awards

Several Brantford tradespersons have earned awards for their outstanding commitment to the skilled trades.

The inaugural Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 23 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board, held at Six Nations Polytechnic.

Construction: Corey DeBruyn, owner of The Electricians, a strong promoter of apprenticeships.
Industrial: Glenn Willett, who teaches apprentice millwrights at Conestoga College.
Motive Power: Kevin Doris, who is a model employee of City of Brantford public works.
Service: Charmaine Currie, a dedicated Child and Youth Worker and a teacher.

Jamie Bowman of Bowman Precision Tooling (shown in photo) was Master of Ceremonies.

Haldimand tradespeople recognized

Haldimand tradespeople recognized

Four tradespersons from Haldimand County have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the skilled trades.

The newly created Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 20 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board.

Construction: Chris Swick, a promoter of the electrician trade with IBEW, Local 105.
Industrial: Dave Suess, a millwright who teaches millwrighting at Mohawk College.
Industrial: Neil Huctwith, an industrial mechanic millwright at Stelco Inc.
Service: Henrietta Heeg, a dairy herdsperson and owner of Springknoll Dairy.

John Edelman of Haldimand Motors (shown in photo) served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event was also an opportunity for local businesses and tradespeople to share their views on how to attract more people to work in in-demand skilled trades and how the current apprenticeship system can be approved

Brant Tradespersons Recognized with Awards

Brant Tradespersons Recognized with Awards

Four tradespersons from Brant County have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the skilled trades.

The newly created Skilled Tradespersons of the Year awards were handed out Sept. 18 at a trades appreciation event organized by the Workforce Planning Board.

The tradespersons represented the four trades sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and service.

Construction: Adam Smith, owner of Tru-Power Electrical Services, Burford.
Industrial: Jordan Gowdy, an apprentice with Reynolds Custom Machine, St. George.
Motive Power: Robin Horsfall, owner of Horsfall’s Auto Service, Paris.
Service: Doug Witteveen, owner of Witteveen Meats, St. George.

Brant MPP Will Bouma was on hand, while Marty Verhey of Walters Group served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event was also an opportunity for local businesses and tradespeople to share their views on how to attract more people to work in in-demand skilled trades and how the current apprenticeship system can be approved.

Similar events are taking place during September in Brantford, Haldimand County, Norfolk County and Six Nations.

In-Demand Skilled Trades in the Spotlight

In-Demand Skilled Trades in the Spotlight

Businesses are being urged to share their thoughts on what can be done to address the local skilled trades shortage.  Area businesses are also being encouraged to nominate an exceptional skilled tradesperson for local Skilled Tradesperson of the Year awards.

A new Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie survey asks employers to identify their business’ in-demand skilled trades positions and seeks their ideas on how to increase the number of journeypersons and apprentices, and how to improve Ontario’s apprenticeship system.

The 5-minute In-Demand Skilled Trades Survey is part of a wider discussion with employers taking place here and other communities across Ontario about skilled trades. A series of drop-in Appreciation Events will be held throughout September in Brantford, Six Nations/New Credit, and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

“The purpose of the survey and our Appreciation Events is to hear from skilled trades employers, tradespeople, apprentices and mentors about their experiences and challenges,” said Danette Dalton, the Workforce Planning Board’s executive director. “We want to hear directly from the real-life experts.”

Any area business that employs tradespeople is invited to participate. There are more than 150 trades in four sectors: industrial, construction, motive power and service.

For more information on the survey and events, click here.