Paper mill to apprentices: show us your resume

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Apprentices hoping to be considered for positions at Corner Brook Pulp and Paper need only apply, provided there are positions available.

That’s the message from the mill’s human resources manager Peter Waugh after several millwright students from the College of the North Atlantic told the media last week they wanted to start their career at the mill, but were told there were no apprenticeship positions at the paper facility.

In a written statement personally signed by Waugh, he said contrary to media reports, there are apprentices employed at the mill, with one in a millwright position. There are also, he said, two apprentice electricians, second- and third-class steam engineers, a journeyman electrician progressing his instrumentation certification and three construction electricians completing their industrial electrician module.

Waugh said potential apprentices should contact the mill’s human resources department and send in a resume, but of the 12 students who sent a letter to the mill, none had sent in a resume.

He said there was one point of communication that may have been communcated incorrectly.

“During the calls the HR representative was asked if the mill currently had any mechanical apprentices working, to which they may have said, no, forgetting about the one apprentice millwright we do have,” he stated.

The students were asking about apprenticeship wage subsidies with provincial or federal training programs, but Waugh said the mill is ineligible for those subsidies because of the size of its operation.

The statement closed with some advice to the students. Keep checking back to HR, he said, and work hard in school. Develop and apply trades in a safe and productive manner and submit a resume

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic

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  • Been there
    March 21, 2014 - 08:54

    Schools really need to stop touting this wage subsidy to students. They are naive and believe it is a good thing, but most companies won't touch it! Example: Unionized environments. Its not worth the hassle for a company to take on a student with 1/2 their wages subsidized, when it means taking work away from a union employee. They end up having to hire a new employee...think about it. It doesn't work...been there!

  • SayWhat
    March 21, 2014 - 08:06

    Before these students even enroll in the millwright program, the College of the North Atlantic should inform these students how bleak the apprentice program is in Newfoundland and Labrador. They should inform them the chance of completing the necessary apprenticeship hours are not very good. And these students should be prepared to leave the province once they have completed their course. So the Corner Brook mill has one millwright apprentice and is ineligible for programs says it all for these students. I have a relative who had to leave for Alberta to get the necessary hours in another trade.

  • Crazy
    March 21, 2014 - 06:10

    Mr Waugh, use some of that 110 millions, that our provincial government past over to CBPP. Lease we the taxpayers can say we seen something for our money.