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