Career Guidance for High School Students

Walker Aggregates in conjunction with the Heavy Construction Association of Regional Niagara (HCARN) hosted over 80 high school students for the Ontario Construction Careers Alliance’s (OCCA) Construction Day.

students-at-hoOrganized by HCARN, OCCA and the Niagara Catholic District School Board, students toured various job sites one of which being Walker Aggregates’ quarry in Thorold. While at the quarry, students were able to witness a blast in action and speak to employees about their jobs.

“We are proud to participate in this event and to contribute to the education of today’s students, who will be tomorrow’s workers,” said Shea Gordon, Walker Aggregates Sales Manager and HCARN representative.

students-at-quarryBsimulatorrad Brewster, General Manager of NPL Canada-Niagara Region and HCARN member responsible for organizing the event said, “I’d like to give a special thanks to Walker Aggregates, Beam Excavating, Rankin Construction and O’Hara Excavating who all were a big part in giving the students an up close look at our industry.”

After the tours, students gathered at Walker Aggregates’ head office boardroom where Jessica Steffler of the OCCA spoke to them about career options and also gave students a chance to try their hand at operating an excavator using a simulator.

“Construction Day allows students to connect with local employers and learn of endless careers in the construction industry, a field often over looked that provides a great career opportunity, pride in the work they complete as well as a financial reward,” said Steffler.

With a skilled labour shortage affecting Canada’s construction industry, the OCCA is hoping to combat the problem by reaching out to high school students across Ontario with the goal of educating them about the many career opportunities available to them in construction.

To learn more about the OCCA’s mission and how they can help visit www.myocca.ca.

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