Province to support seven recent graduates at Vector Aerospace

Funding support for seven new recent graduate positions at Vector Aerospace under the Canada-PEI Job Fund was officially announced today by Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Richard Brown.

“Our goal is to provide training opportunities for high quality jobs right here in Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Brown. “Vector Aerospace will provide seven recent graduates with a valuable mentorship and employment opportunity in their field of study. These new graduates will receive on-the-job training, allowing them to increase their skills and contribute to the success of Vector now and into the future.”

The graduates, from Holland College’s Aircraft Gas Turbine Repair Overhaul program, will begin full-time employment at Vector Aerospace and participate in a 52-week training program beginning this month. The students will be trained in receiving incoming engines; disassembling engines; visually or detail inspecting engine parts; and balancing rotating components.

The participants will conduct all work in accordance with company policies, quality procedures, manufacturer and customer specifications, and industry regulations. The training will also include how to maintain a safe and clean working environment.

“Ensuring Vector Aerospace has access to a highly skilled workforce will enable the company to remain competitive in the industry,” said Minister Heath MacDonald, Economic Development and Tourism. “It is also an excellent opportunity for recent graduates in Prince Edward Island to gain experience in their chosen field and prepare for long-term sustainable employment.”

“We look forward to welcoming these seven young graduates to our team,” said Jeff Poirier, President of Vector’s Engine Services—Atlantic Division. “One of our core values is to invest in an industry-ready workforce, and we’ve always had great confidence in Holland College to train and provide those skilled workers. The College has played a major role in the success of our employees over the years, with more than 75 per cent of our staff having received some education and training there.”

Vector Aerospace, located in Slemon Park, Summerside, is PEI’s largest aerospace company. Vector is a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul services. The company recently announced an expansion of its testing facility, in addition to a major contract extension of an engine maintenance contract with Jazz. Vector has grown into the province’s second largest private employer, employing over 450 skilled workers.

“It’s terrific that PEI and Canada can work together to help individuals get the education and training they need to develop new skills that will enable them to excel in their jobs within the aerospace industry. We will continue to work with the PEI Government and others to help all Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs,” said the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Funding is provided in whole or in part by the Canada-PEI Job Fund Agreement, through SkillsPEI.
Media contact:
Sheila Kerry
Senior Communications Officer, Workforce and Advanced Learning
(902) 620-3688, slkerry@gov.pe.ca

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