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As we know, there is a critical need for more young people trained in HVACR trades. Furthermore, we need more young women, First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and New Canadians to enter the sector. Estimates indicate that by 2021, one in five new jobs in Ontario will be created in trades-related occupations, and some employers already have a shortage of skilled workers.

A number of organizations are working to address this issue including HRAI. Recently, HRAI staff participated as an exhibitor in four Build a Dream career fairs in Southwestern Ontario. These career fairs were organized by Build A Dream, an organization empowering young women to make informed career choices in the skilled trades. HRAI also participates in Skills Ontario’s annual Skills Competition.

In addition, two HRAI members, Shelly Vallée-Ewing, Vista Services, and Natalie Brooks, Brooks Heating and Air participated in a high school career fair in Brampton. We truly appreciate these efforts! Thank you.

Career fairs, presentations to young people — whether in a school or at an extra-curricular activity — are excellent opportunities to reach young people considering career options.  HRAI’s Career Ambassadors play a key role in engaging young people and we thank them for their support. Other members are welcome to help in this regard.

If you’re interested or need support, get in touch.

As you may know, HRAI has an established Careers Committee whose broad mandate is to promote careers in HVACR. HRAI will continue to promote careers in HVACR and to educate those in the education sector about the tremendous career opportunities available.

To learn more about the Careers Committee or to find out how you can help to promote skilled trades in the HVACR sector in your community, get in touch.

For more information, contact Dorothy McCabe, Government Relations Specialist – Ontario at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 274 or e-mail: dmccabe@hrai.ca.