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Friday, October 5, 2018

Huge Turnout For Nuclear Job Fair

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

About 500 people visited the event where over 40 nuclear employers had booths.

If attendance was any indication, the nuclear Job Fair and Information Session at the Saugeen Golf Club was an overwhelming success.

Forty vendors, made up primarily of Bruce Power and its supply chain operators, along with higher education facilities, took on the hundreds of high school students and some mature students as well, to discuss the nuclear industry as a career choice.

Among the 500 students was Adrian Wagenaar, a grade 12 student at Owen Sound District Secondary School.

Wagenaar says, he's not sure what path his career will take but he thought the job fair offered a lot of interesting options in the nuclear field.

Grade 11 student Nicholas Becker, at John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover, agrees with the assessment of other students.

Becker says his preferences lean towards hands-on work and he was looking for that kind of information from vendors.

The Bruce Power booth was one of the most visited but each booth had tables full of information and gifts for those that visited.

Human Resources Manager at Bruce Power, Allison O'Neill, says the young people are the future of the nuclear industry and that's why the job fair is so necessary.

O'Neill says they want to get the youth excited about working in nuclear and skilled trades and to follow through on their dream.

Bruce Power, VPI Working Solutions, and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) put on the event.

OCNI spokesperson Alison Fernandes says she hopes all visitors take away the message that the career and job opportunities coming within Saugeen Shores and Kincardine are not just with Bruce Power but with the whole supply chain.

She says there are good paying jobs, being employed by those suppliers to Bruce Power and careers should be considered there as well.

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