Matt traveled from Vancouver Island to train with us as a Worksafe client. He was determined to become a processor operator.
"It's a different job. Not everyone can do it, and I like doing things that are a bit more difficult."
Matt was learning on the timber block.
"Everyone here is good. Dardo takes good care of me, I talk to him all the time. Dan's a great guy, all the guys out here are great to work with. They all come over and help, and give me little pointers that I need. Taylor has been my main instructor, and he's awesome. He's got tons of experience."
Through our recruitment service, O'Brien helped Matt to find a job on Vancouver Island, near his home town of Naniamo.
"I started the new job right after finishing training. They supplied me with a pickup, pay me union rate. It's a union company so I get all my benefits and such. I am running a 2018 tiger cat 880D with a 605 south star head on it. It only had 3000 hours on it when I started!"
Congratulations, Matt! Your hard work has paid off.
Melvin came to us as part of a cohort of students from his home reserve near Hazelton.
"I wasn't really sure what to expect. I knew I wanted to start a career that would keep me working outdoors, and that I could do without having to move far away from my community."
Melvin was ready to learn and ready to work. He completed training and was certified as an operator for both excavator and dozer. Melvin was ready to begin his career in heavy industry.
As it turned out, Melvin wouldn't have to go far to find his first industry job. O'Brien Training manager Dardo Krueger had noticed Melvin's great attitude and knack for instructing and offered him a position on our training team.
"I really like working here. My hours are consistent, I get to be outdoors. Living in Prince George, I'm still close enough to my home community to go there when I want to."
"So far, my favorite project is definitely when we took a fleet to Hazelton, to train people on heavy equipment while making the new ball diamonds and soccer field. It was great to come back to my home, share my skills, and help build those new facilities for our community."