Hundreds of students and job hunters gathered at the Northworks! job fair hosted by the College of New Caledonia and UNBC, March 7-8.
Over 50 companies and agencies took part in the fair, with over 20 accepting resumes.
“Our focus is to get some new, young people into the company and the industry,” Industrial Forest Services Ltd. spokesman Bill Williams said. “I think for our future we have to bring in more people.”
The local employee-owned forestry service company is always looking for people with technical and trades skills, engineering manager Corey Ross said.
“That’s why we start at trade schools and universities,” Ross said.
Prince George-based TDB Consultants Inc. was looking to find local students with the skills they need in the natural resource sector.
“They have GIS and forestry programs here, so those are the students I’m targeting,” TDB Consulting spokesperson Julie Ross said. “We’re recruiting and we want to keep it local.”
Ross said they had lots of interest at the fair.
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources was at the fair promoting a wide range of careers from trades to professional.
Ministry manager of sustainability Monica Perry said the mining sector needs bright young students in many different sectors.
“There is a major [skills] shortage coming,” Perry said. “One of our objectives is to show there is opportunities in exploration and mining.”
Mines are multi-million dollar operations which need skilled trades and technical workers, but also business professionals, geography planning and even nurses, she said.
“It’s a very broad industry,” she said.
Perry said the ministry was there to provide tools for students looking for work in the sector.
Armed Forces recruiter petty officer second class Mark Chambers said despite a new wave of hiring, the Armed Forces is having to turn away thousands of recruits in B.C.
“The interest is huge. In B.C. we get 5,000 to 6,000 applications for 900 to 1,000 jobs,” Chambers said.
Across Canada, the Armed Forces is looking to recruit 4,500 enlisted personnel and 1,500 officers, he said.
Grade 12 graduates looking to get training and college and university graduates are needed in 100 different occupations including electronics technicians, vehicle mechanics, plumbers, steel fabricators, air traffic controllers, network managers, signals operators and financial managers, Chambers said.