Propak wins provincial apprenticeship award
By: Matt Durnan
| Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:28 am
Airdrie-based Propak Systems landed an Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AAIT) award for best employer on April 11.
Propak was awarded best employer for southern Alberta, while Whitecourt-based Alberta Newsprint Company won for northern Alberta.
This is the first time Propak has netted the best employer award and Airdrie Propak’s Vice President of Operations Don Marshall said that it was a surprise to win this year.
“We didn’t even know that we were up for this award,” said Marshall. “It’s a great honour for us and we’ve had a good long-standing relationship with AAIT.”
Propak Systems employs 650 trades workers in Airdrie in a wide variety of trades, including fabricators and constructors to the Energy Processing industry.
The need for skilled trades workers is constant, according to Marshall, who expressed pride in Propak’s commitment to its apprenticeship program.
“We’re really committed to our apprentice trades workers,” said Marshall. “It’s hard to find skilled trades workers so our best approach is to grow our own.”
Propak’s apprenticeship program can take up to four years, with around 80 per cent on the job training interspersed with classroom training. Training is conducted by Propak’s journeymen with 20 or more years of experience.
“This (award) adds prestige to our company and is a much deserved recognition of our journeymen,” said Marshall.
“This is a valuable training tool, and we could have people coming through our apprenticeship program now that may be training new trades workers 20 years from now.”