AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES
whole is being created.
Both buyers and retailers alike are reporting to be interested in implementing similar programs and are calling WRLA for advice. Some have asked for young people to be represented on their own individual training conferences and panels. In addition, the number of young people attending the annual conference has increased and inquiries are coming in on a regular basis.
Although the WRLA is regional, Hamilton says because many of their members operate on a national basis, the impact of the NexGEN program is indeed having a national impact.
One of the areas Hamilton is excited about is the apparent growing interest of young people in considering the lumber business as a viable career. Jobs are varied and include such roles as architectural millwork engineer, buyer, designer, project manager, installer, fabricator, estimator, software developer, wholesale and retail sales, lumber grading and warehouse and delivery staff. All of these are in addition to the typical operating careers such as middle and senior management, clerical, accounting, advertising, payroll and human resource management personnel required to operate a business.
The Winnipeg-based WRLA is a good example of an organization that keeps in touch with its members, listens to their concerns and takes action. Their leading edge NexGEN program directed at millennials stands out from the crowd and they are tremendously pleased with the results. Not only that, the organization is willing to share their success. If interested, feel free to contact Gary Hamilton at 204-9531691 or firstname.lastname@example.org Barbara J. Bowes, FCHRP, CMC, CCP, M.Ed is president of Legacy Bowes Group and president of Career Partners International, Manitoba. She can be reached at barb@legacybowes.