Boating Industry Canada August 2015 - (Page 4)
BY ANDY ADAMS
People were Complaining
About the Students!
I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT - people were complaining about and his wife Michelle who are now managing the big Krate
how many students showed up at the 2014 Canadian Marine organization in Keswick, Ontario. They came in just
Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition, CMPX that was held in ahead of the season this year working for the new owners,
Toronto in March 2014. Literally busloads of students were specifically Benn Speigel. They have definite plans for a 12coming in from as far away as
month staff and to do lots of
London and Kingston, on junwork through the winters.
kets organized by schools and
A few years ago, I had the
opportunity to sit down with
Over 1200 young people
Lloyd Crate whose father found(including a number of women)
ed that marina in early 1930s. I
came to the show because of
asked him about 12 month work
their interest in getting into the
and whether or not they laid off
mechanicals industry; plumbing,
their technicians. According to
heating, ventilation and air conLloyd, at that time the marina was
employing as many as 80 people
The sheer numbers were
and as far as he was concerned,
impressive enough, but I was at
they couldn't sustain that big staff
the show and I overheard groups
through the winters.
of young people as they went
The new owners and manfrom display to display, talking Georgian College is doing the best they can to attract and
agers have taken a very different
about brands of tools and prod- train new marine technicians, but no student wants a seasonal approach to the business, the
ucts with surprising knowledge job when they graduate
grounds are significantly freshand enthusiasm.
ened up with new parking lots
What could possibly be so
and landscaping and in particuexciting to all these young people?
lar, no derelict boats. A recent auction of up to 80 boats cleared
The answer is the promise of a good life.
the grounds out and made the facility much more attractive for
Just like in the marine industry, there is a significant need those people who make the marina and its many facilities their
for new technicians to enter the plumbing and HVAC indus- summer home.
tries and the word gets out quickly that there are full-time jobs
In future, their intention is to provide 12-month employavailable, and at a rate of pay and allows a young person to ment to all the Krate Marine staff (with the exception of the
really get started in life.
summer students on the gas docks) and by organizing the busiIf you read our story in the June issue Boating Industry ness in a much more efficient way, things already run visibly
Canada magazine about Canada's Marine Technician Crisis, better with a smaller group of people.
(page 14) you know our industry is desperately short of young
If your business is currently laying people off at the end of the
people who want to get involved.
season, we strongly suggest that you consider a reorganization of
The schools and colleges all share information with their the business that would provide 12-month employment.
young students that the pay scales and the opportunities in
Even if we could pay the hourly wages that the plumbing
plumbing and HVAC can lead to a good life. The schools are HVAC industries do, until we offer a full 12 months of employnot saying that about the marine industry and the primary rea- ment, the marine industry simply cannot compete for people.
son is because in many parts of Canada, being a marine technician is a seasonal employment job.
Andy Adams - Editor
I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Rob Walters
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Boating Industry Canada August 2015
Impact - Tim Kennedy
Products & Innovation - Marine Tech Crisis
Propulsion - Going for a Ride
Made In Canada - Scepter
Made In Canada - Steelhead Marine
The Boat Shop - NMEA
The Boat Shop - ABYC
Boating Industry Canada August 2015