TheGreenestWorkforce.ca, a resource tool that provides information on the dynamic direction of the forest products industry and career opportunities on offer across the country, was launched during PaperWeek Canada in Montreal. TheGreenestWorkforce.ca is an initiative of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), with support from the government of Canada.
FPAC also announced a competition to give eight promising students across Canada a paid Green Dream Internship that includes a four-month paid summer placement at a forest products company, an iPad Mini and a chance to win $5000.
“The forest products sector is now a future-oriented business that is brimming with opportunity. It is now hiring and offering solid careers for those who care about their future, the environment and their quality of life," said David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC, speaking at PAPTAC's annual PaperWeek event.
Under Vision2020, FPAC has a set the goal of recruiting at least 60,000 or more workers by 2020 to meet the growing demand for such professions as millwrights, electricians, engineers, sales staff, truck drivers, foresters, chemists and many more.
“Through our partnership with the forestry industry, we are helping young Canadians to receive the skills and training needed to address skills shortages in the forestry sector and prepare them for future careers," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“We invite Canadians to visit the Greenest Workforce website to see the exciting opportunities now available. We also want to encourage students to consider applying for the internships to receive job training, skills development, and real-world experience within our growing sector," says Lindsay.