As we have mentioned previously in this North America Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS) blog, statistics reveal that the construction industry in the United States is on the upswing. More good news for our industry is that according to statistics released by CareerBuilder Canada and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. reveal that the construction industry in Canada is also doing well and job growth has increased more than 10%. We love to learn about the success of our industry and stand ready to help provide training for all heavy equipment operators where we are needed.
The Canadian job stats show employment in the construction industry grew by 12 percent from 2011 to 2014, adding more than 102,000 jobs. That growth rate far outpaced the general job growth rate of four percent over the same time period.
“The construction industry is often a reliable indicator of an economy’s strength, and right now we’re seeing very encouraging growth,” said Mark Bania, Director, CareerBuilder Canada, in a statement. “Not only has the construction industry added a wide variety of occupations over the past few years, but this growth has stretched across the entire country.”
We here at NAHETS were also thrilled to hear that the increase is projected to continue into 2014 and that main growth segments within the industry will be in the heavy equipment sector. The following was listed as a sector that should show strong growth: “Contractors and supervisors, heavy construction equipment crews — includes excavating, grading, paving, drilling and blasting contractors who own and operate their own business and contractors who supervise crane operators, drillers and blasters, heavy equipment operators, longshore workers, material handlers, public works maintenance equipment operators, railway track maintenance workers, and water well drillers.”
CareerBuilder Canada also broke out another sector that was music to our ears: “Heavy equipment operators (except crane) — Operate heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures; in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work.”
All 10 provinces in Canada have shown growth and projections call for continued increases. We wish our friends up north continued success and stand ready to train heavy equipment operators from all over the world in the best practices. We also remind companies that our Train-the-Trainer program is perfect for new supervisors as they begin a career managing crews. Feel free to contact us to start training today.
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