MONTREAL, June 6, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - CargoM, the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montréal, has kicked off its first-ever major recruitment and trades demonstration event in the presence of François Blais, Québec's Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region. Nearly 1,000 participants and members of the maritime, road, rail and air logistics and transportation industry attended the event today at Cégep André-Laurendeau.
Organized in partnership with Emploi-Québec de l'Île-de-Montréal, this event aims to promote these promising sectors and their employment opportunities.
"The objective of Career Day is to inform young people and people looking for a new profession about the many opportunities offered by our industry," said Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of CargoM. "Various transportation stakeholders have come together to promote the many exciting options offered by our sector. This first edition is a real success."
"This Career Day is an excellent opportunity for job-seekers to meet motivated employers in an extremely dynamic sector. By being part of events like this, the Gouvernement du Québec gives tangible shape to its commitment to promote a balance between businesses' needs and the skills of available workers," said François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region.
"Participating organizations are demonstrating that it is possible to earn a good living while occupying an exciting job," added Mr. Charbonneau. "In our industry, a multitude of careers are available both for those wishing to pursue their studies and for people who want to enter the labour market as quickly as possible."
A multi-faceted event
Several highlights marked this event:
- Meetings with close to 40 companies and training centres to learn more about the many jobs available;
- Presentations about training programs in logistics and the transportation of goods;
- Demonstrations of trades and high-calibre conferences given by industry members.
Many exciting jobs to fill
The logistics and freight transportation industry is facing an increasing number of retirements in the coming years. It is important that the next generation is ready to fill the jobs that will be left vacant.
Camo-route recently estimated a shortfall of more than 20,000 Class 1 drivers within 24 months, not including needs for other classes of drivers and dispatchers. Regarding officers in the maritime sector, for example, the graduate placement rate of the Institut maritime du Québec is more than 90%. Jobs in the logistics, rail and air sectors also offer a variety of interesting opportunities.
"Over the coming years, specialized workforce needs in logistics and transportation must be addressed in order to carry out major future projects in Québec, as well as to be able to meet the everyday needs of the population. This is essential for our economic prosperity. To this end, we are confident that our promotional efforts will facilitate recruitment, benefiting, among others, the logistics supply chain of Greater Montréal," concluded Mr. Charbonneau.
Created in 2012, CargoM (www.cargo-montréal.ca - @CargoMtl) brings together all stakeholders in Greater Montreal's logistics and freight transportation sector, educational institutions, research centres, sector associations and unions to work on shared goals to further improve collaboration, competitiveness and growth, and to extend the sector's reach. The logistics and transportation industry in the greater metropolitan area represents 122,000 jobs in transportation and warehousing, 6,300 institutions and over $4.3 billion in economic benefits for Greater Montreal.
CargoM activities are financially supported by the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI), the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy (MAMOT), the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM) and all its members.
For further information: Philippe Noël, CargoM, 514 508-2609, extension 226, firstname.lastname@example.org