AND JOB OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE -

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 ghamil­ton@wrla.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.

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