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The HRAI Careers Committee held a meeting last month to develop its 2019 plan and future strategic priorities. Attracting more people into the heating, cooling and refrigeration trades is a high priority for the organization, given the continuing skilled trades shortage in many regions.

This was the second meeting since the committee was revitalized in 2018, with Adam Wills, Rheem Canada, as the Committee Chair. The meeting was attended by HRAI President, Sandy MacLeod and other members of the HRAI staff team, several professional recruitment consultants, and representatives from partner organizations.

A busy agenda included updates on successful recent events and communication initiatives since the previous September meeting, other actions adopted and their current status. The group also explored an effective structure for the committee itself, and input from the consultants on how to achieve real results and refine the committee’s goals.

Reports were presented on HRAI participation at the Student Life Expo in Toronto, the Career Pathways Fair in Newmarket, and the Supporting Women in Trades Conference in Halifax.

The plan is to increase the effectiveness of messaging with continuing development of a vibrant online presence, which may include an enhanced job board. HRAI eNewsletter updates were discussed, along with the HRAI employers planning booklet for apprentices and co-op students entitled “Your How-To Guide to Planning Ahead".

The How-To Guide contains sections on attracting young people into the trade and into an employer’s company, benefits and procedures around co-op students, apprentices, government programs, opportunities through universities, colleges, and high schools.

The HRAI Careers Committee will be meeting regularly during 2019 to improve effectiveness in this important area.

For more information contact Scott Papp, Manager, Membership & Divisional Programs at spapp@hrai.ca or 1-800-267-2231 ext. 233.