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Encouraging Students into Construction

Within the next 5 to 6 years the Aggregate and Construction industry will experience a labour shortage as its aging workforce begins to retire. We are looking for ways to attract high performance employees to sustain our business. Other companies in the industry are also feeling the pinch, which has led us to look for creative ways to encourage students to pursue careers in Aggregates and Construction.

In October, we hosted approximately 80 Niagara region students from Grades 11–12, as part of Niagara’s first-ever Construction Day. The event was organized by the Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute (OCCCI) and the Heavy Construction Association of Regional Niagara (HCARN) with the support of the Niagara Catholic District School Board and the District School Board of Niagara.

The students had the opportunity to see the preparation for building a residential subdivision, the construction of a bridge and the installation of sanitary sewers. At our Walker Brothers Quarry the students witnessed a blast, had a tour of the processing plant and had the chance to operate an excavator simulator. The students learned from the OCCCI how to begin a career in the Civil Infrastructure industry. As safety is paramount in this industry, Jim Martinson, our Aggregates Safety Partner, explained the safety basics to the group.

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