Gin-Cor Industries hosted 75 secondary school students to learn about potential trades and technology careers with the Mattawa-based heavy truck equipment company.
The May 22 tour of the company’s facilities was done in conjunction with North Bay’s Canadore College. It’s the first in a series to be held around the region between Canadore and local industry.
“When Canadore approached me, I definitely knew that I wanted to do this,” said Luc Stang, company president and CEO in a Canadore news release. “The truth is that even though we are facing a tough economy, it is hard to find people with the right skills to fill job openings, especially in a specialty sector like ours.”
Tracie Marsh-Fior, the college’s dean of trades and technology, said one of Ontario’s challenges is the “skills mismatch issue” which costs the province more than $24 billion a year in lost economic opportunity, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
“The more we focus on competency-based education, the better we serve our students and industry at large.”
Gin-Cor employs more than 50, including several apprentices. The heavy truck equipment company is known as a leader in customizing truck chassis to install dump boxes, snow plows, sanders, flatbeds, cranes and decking.
Stang said over the next few years, his company will need to double its workforce to meet growing demands at its locations in Northern and eastern Ontario.